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Lawmakers back bill to raise age to buy tobacco to 21

12 min 48 sec ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are considering raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 under a bill that is headed to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's desk.

The bill would take effect July 2018 and also apply to electronic smoking devices.

The House voted 113-34 to support ...

Former Oklahoma lawmaker sentenced in corporate fraud case

34 min 56 sec ago

HUGO, Okla. (AP) - A former Oklahoma legislator has served only 10 days in jail after reaching a plea agreement in a felony case accusing him of embezzlement.

Bryan County Jail officials say 52-year-old Terry J. Matlock's jail term was reduced because he was a well-behaved inmate. The Oklahoman ( ...

Editorials from around New England

38 min 53 sec ago


The New Haven Register

July 20

Connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws in the country - and still, bullets find their mark in Greater New Haven.

Multiple bullets found Tyriek Keyes Sunday during a shooting on Bassett Street.

He died Thursday at Yale New Haven Hospital.

He ...

Sarah Huckabee Sanders promoted to White House press secretary

1 hour 25 min ago

Sarah Sanders is taking over the job of White House press secretary now that Sean Spicer has quit.

The announcement was made Friday by the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, when he faced reporters for the first time in his new role.

"Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the ...

Sean Hannity to interview Spicer, Scaramucci and Priebus on Fox News at 10 p.m. Friday

1 hour 58 min ago

It is what broadcasters call the "good get." Fox News Channel's prime-time anchorman Sean Hannity will feature separate interviews on Friday night with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

The interviews cap off ...

Anthony Scaramucci meets the press; Sarah Huckabee Sanders promoted

2 hours 6 min ago

New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was introduced to the press and the public Friday, downplaying reports of internal feuding in the West Wing and pledging to promote President Trump's agenda more effectively.

"The White House is on track, and I think we're doing a good job," Mr. Scaramucci ...

Scaramucci, Trump's new White House communications chief, has voiced support for gun control

2 hours 46 min ago

Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has voiced support on social media for "strong" gun-control laws, which would be a major departure from the positions of President Trump.

After the Sandy Hook shootings at a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012, Mr. Scaramucci tweeted, "I have always been ...

Mike Pence implores senators to begin debate on health-care bill

3 hours 2 min ago

Vice President Mike Pence begged senators Friday to "step up" and start debate on a plan that throws Obamacare in the dustbin, declaring the GOP is just a few votes shy of taking up the repeal-and-replace bill that passed the House in May.

"It's time to vote, It's time to ...

Iran says US failing to live up to nuke deal commitments

3 hours 33 min ago

VIENNA (AP) - A senior Iranian official is accusing the United States of not living up to its side of the nuclear agreement that Washington and five other world powers signed with Tehran, saying it is trying "scare off" foreign companies from doing business with the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Deputy ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

4 hours 18 sec ago

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: Trump Is Furious After Discovering Gov't Waste


Trump administration to ban travel to North Korea

4 hours 6 min ago

The Trump administration Friday announced a travel ban on Americans visiting North Korea, citing the danger of arrests and mistreatment following the death of university student Otto Warmbier after imprisonment in North Korea.

The decision comes amid heightened tension over nuclear-armed North Korea's long-range missile tests, as well as Warmbier's ...

Indicted South Carolina senator wants charged dropped

4 hours 32 min ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The lawyer for a South Carolina senator who authorities say converted campaign donations into personal cash wants his charges dismissed.

In court papers, defense attorney Rose Mary Parham attacked the legality of South Carolina's two separate misconduct in office charges. Sen. John Courson was indicted under ...

Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary, calls Anthony Scaramucci hire a mistake

4 hours 39 min ago

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday morning, ending a turbulent six-month stint in the job after President Trump offered to hire New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. and requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, according ...

Donald Trump to order major review of defense industrial base, improved military readiness

4 hours 48 min ago

President Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday for the first government-wide assessment of the industrial base and supply chains supporting the U.S. military, White House officials said.

The study includes agencies ranging from the Pentagon and Homeland Security to Labor and Energy and is part of Mr. Trump's ...

Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers

5 hours 4 min ago

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn't include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency.

The department ...

Federal immigration agents round up 123 people in Texas

5 hours 9 min ago

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal immigration agents in Texas say they've arrested 123 immigrants with criminal records or who were living in the country illegally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Friday that the people were apprehended during an eight-day operation that ended Wednesday.

Most of the ...

Former CBO directors defend agency's integrity

5 hours 39 min ago

Former chiefs of the Congressional Budget Office defended the federal agency in a letter to congressional leaders Friday, saying its nonpartisan scorekeepers cannot nail every prediction about policy but frequently do a better job than less-informed analysts.

The letter is a direct response to a campaign by the White House ...

Donald Trump's legal team making major changes: Reports

6 hours 20 min ago

President Trump's legal team is going through a series of changes, according to multiple reports.

Mark Corallo, the legal team's spokesman, resigned late Thursday and attorney Marc Kasowitz is rumored to be on the outs as well.

Mr. Corallo was acting as the legal team's spokesman and commenting on ...

Democratic attorneys general urge Trump to keep DACA

6 hours 25 min ago

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined 19 other attorneys general to urge President Donald Trump to keep a program that gives temporary status to young immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The attorneys general sent a letter to Trump on Friday and it ...

Ted Cruz says Senate is close to passing a health care bill

7 hours 2 min ago

Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday that the Senate is close to passing a health care reform bill, but there is still a handful of holdouts.

"We've probably got I think 45 or 46 'yes,' now. It's a handful of 'no's' right now," Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said on Fox News. ...

Connecticut governor visits woman taking sanctuary in church

7 hours 4 min ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is among those showing support for a woman trying to avoid deportation by seeking sanctuary in a New Haven church.

The Democrat visited Nury Chavarria, of Norwalk, on Thursday night inside the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal church.

He says the ...

Kellyanne Conway: It's time for Congress to 'do its job' on health care

7 hours 38 min ago

Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to President Trump, said Friday that it's time for Congress to "do its job" and pass a health care bill.

"[Mr. Trump is] doing many things outside of Congress. We'd like Congress, the Senate, to go ahead and do its job and pass health care reform. ...

Ethics panel unanimously dismisses complaints against Bevin

7 hours 55 min ago

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky ethics commission has unanimously dismissed a pair of complaints filed against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over his purchase of a home from a friend and campaign donor.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission says Bevin didn't do anything wrong when he bought a house from ...

Sergey Lavrov suggests there may have been more meetings between Trump, Putin: Report

8 hours 22 min ago

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that there may have been more meetings between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"They might have met even much more than just three times," Mr. Lavrov told NBC News.

"Maybe they went to the toilet together," he joked.

Mr. Lavrov ...

Richard Blumenthal: Donald Trump possibly obstructing justice with Robert Mueller case

8 hours 38 min ago

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday that President Trump drawing boundaries for the special counsel in the Russia case borders on obstruction of justice.

"I think trying to draw lines, red lines, or boundaries or put certain subjects off limits, and then intimidating or threatening a prosecutor, if it's the president ...

Romania: Art exhibit at ex-prison show horrors of communism

9 hours 40 min ago

PITESTI, Romania (AP) - An art exhibition has gone on display at a former Romanian prison where communists tortured and killed political prisoners in a gruesome reeducation program.

The collection of 11 sculptures at the Pitesti Prison, southern Romania, aims to remind visitors about the horrors that took place there ...

Dozens of foreign workers sought for Trump's Florida clubs

9 hours 43 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump Organization is asking the federal government to grant dozens of special visas to foreign nationals to work at two of the President Donald Trump's private clubs in Florida, including his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The company is seeking 35 waiters and waitresses at Mar-a-Lago along with 20 ...

Anthony Scaramucci taking White House communications role: Reports

9 hours 43 min ago

President Trump is expected to hire Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci for the vacant communications director role, according to multiple reports.

Mr. Scaramucci is a longtime supporter of Mr. Trump's and has made frequent television appearances on his behalf. His White House role would also focus primarily on the television ...

Spanish government ready to take over soccer

9 hours 51 min ago

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - With Angel Maria Villar in jail, the Spanish government is ready to step in and take control of soccer.

Spain's sports authority is seeking the temporary removal of Villar, the longtime president of the Spanish Football Federation and FIFA's senior vice president, after his arrest and ...

Burundi robotics teens may have 'self-initiated' vanishing

12 hours 49 min ago

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Organizers of an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital believe the disappearance of six teens from Burundi may have been "self-initiated."

As the competition was wrapping up Tuesday, their chaperone discovered his kids were missing. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens ...

Cancer, working from bed all part of long McCain chronicles

13 hours 1 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain is telling his best friend in the Senate to keep it together as he grapples with brain cancer.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says McCain called him three times on Thursday about immigration legislation. Graham says McCain "is yelling at me to buck up ...

Analysis: Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

13 hours 13 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - A brutal reality is settling over Capitol Hill: The Republican effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," which has consumed the first six months of the Trump administration, may never yield results.

Not only that, the GOP goal of overhauling the tax code requires passing a budget that ...

St. Louis kids camp aims to assist refugee parents

15 hours 44 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dr. Gary Sherman fitted the 11-year-old Sudanese boy with a stethoscope and demonstrated how to use it.

"What do you hear?" Sherman asked the young refugee, who tentatively studied the medical device, moving the round metal chest piece under his shirt.

He paused, looked up and ...

Judge refuses to reinstate Trump sanctuary cities order

16 hours 34 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

The U.S. Department of Justice had asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick to reverse his own injunction ...

AG Sessions to talk sanctuary cities in Philadelphia

16 hours 40 min ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bringing the federal fight over so-called sanctuary cities to Philadelphia.

Sessions on Friday will visit the city that has said its local law enforcement will not act as immigration agents - a stance Sessions has challenged as unconstitutional.

A federal judge last ...

DHS chief says arresting parents may quell human trafficking

18 hours ago

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A plan to prosecute parents who pay smugglers to illegally bring their children across the U.S. border is aimed at quelling human trafficking, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday.

Asked about the initiative while touring a U.S. Coast Guard vessel in Southern California, ...

FBI relies on discredited dossier in Russia investigation

19 hours 31 min ago

The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.

A source close to the investigation described the dossier as a ...

Donald Trump remains mum on next step of Middle East war plan

19 hours 49 min ago

President Trump kept the world and Washington's national security establishment in suspense Thursday, refusing to disclose details of the White House's war plan for Afghanistan and the fight against the Islamic State in the Middle East.

Mr. Trump played coy with the press corps covering his visit to the Pentagon, ...

Betsy DeVos urges state legislators to take on foes of campus free speech

19 hours 51 min ago

DENVER | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos offered a reminder Thursday to state legislators frustrated by protests shutting down free speech at public universities: You control the purse strings.

Ms. DeVos, who delivered her remarks at the American Legislative Exchange Council annual meeting, said that "we all have a role to ...

Robert Mueller's investigation of Donald Trump's business deals worry supporters

20 hours 28 min ago

The threat of an expanding special counsel investigation into President Trump's finances has rattled his conservative base with fears that the New York billionaire could be brought down by shady business deals — not collusion with Russia.

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has widened the scope of the Russia ...

Falun Gong persecution protested in D.C. by survivors, members of Congress

20 hours 53 min ago

Lihua Chi stood Thursday in 100-degree weather on the U.S. Capitol's West Lawn, relating via an interpreter how she was beaten and imprisoned four times, and how her husband was tortured to death in her homeland of China.

Her 15-year-old daughter stood beside her, holding photos of her father and ...

Inside the Beltway: 'Iron Curtain' of Russia coverage blocks news

20 hours 57 min ago

Forget about providing fair, conscientious coverage of important topics. Even after all this time, it's still all-Russia all the time for the nation's biggest broadcasters. Significant news stories are being ignored in favor of a never-ending parade of speculative reports about President Trump's relationship with Russia, say Nicholas Fondacaro and ...

Republican senators must embrace boldness to win health care fight

21 hours 32 min ago

What's missing in the Senate these days is boldness, the kind needed to take action on health care — repealing Obamacare, stabilizing the individual insurance markets, and giving states greater flexibility to shape their own healthcare systems.

But because some Republican senators are scared of taking any political risk by ...

Cancer isn't silencing McCain in career's latest chapter

22 hours 44 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain couldn't bring himself to vote for Donald Trump - so he talked about writing in his best friend's name for president. After the election, he's been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump's posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where he's battling brain ...

Ivey: First months about ending 'cloud' over state

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:48

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday said the priority of her first whirlwind days in office have been to remove the "cloud of uncertainty" that hung over the scandal-battered state that saw three Republicans removed from their duties in quick succession.

Ivey, the state's first Republican ...

Mick Mulvaney says Obama had 'secret' list of proposed regulations

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:29

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney ...

North Carolina court: new elections board can stay vacant

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:34

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's highest court says a revamped state elections board that also oversees ethics and lobbying controversies can stay in limbo for now, a holding pattern that could last months.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday said Gov. Roy Cooper isn't required to appoint members of ...

White House says Trump still backs Sessions as attorney general

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:00

The White House said Thursday that President Trump still has confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite the president's criticism of his decision to recuse himself from Russia investigations.

"Clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the attorney general," said White House deputy press secretary Sarah ...

John Bush, Trump's 6th Circuit Court pick, confirmed by the Senate

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:00

The Senate confirmed John K. Bush for a lifetime seat on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, over protests from Democrats who said he wasn't fit to be a federal judge.

The Senate voted 51-47 to put him on the federal bench despite criticism from Democrats on the ...

Alaska's King Cove road project finally gets OK from House

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:50

Legislation paving the way for Alaska's long-awaited King Cove road cleared the House easily on Thursday, marking a key step forward in the isolated community's 30-year battle with Washington.

In a bipartisan vote of 248 to 179, the House passed a measure authorizing a massive land swap between the state ...

The Latest: Analysts say new bill would leave 22M uninsured

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:43

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal the Obama health law (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates a revised version of the Senate Republican health care bill would increase the number of uninsured people by 22 million by 2026.

That's the same ...

CBO score for revised GOP health plan shows minimal change; 22 million would still be uninsured

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:41

The Congressional Budget Office released the new score for the Republicans' revised health care bill Thursday with minimal difference compared to the previous version of the legislation.

This score analyzes the Better Care Reconciliation Act released last week, but the bill isn't much different than the original. The CBO ...

The Latest: Radio ad campaign opposes Texas 'bathroom bill'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:21

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the Texas Senate hustling to pass bills in the first week of the special legislative session (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Texas' largest business lobbying group is announcing a radio campaign opposing a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" being revived in the Legislature.

The ...

Glioblastoma: Rare, deadly and incurable brain cancer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:54

The announcement of Sen. John McCain's brain tumor diagnosis was met with an outpouring of support by well-wishers highlighting the Arizona Republican's fighting spirit and fortitude.

Yet his type of tumor — a primary glioblastoma — is an entirely different adversary than any he has faced before.

"I greatly appreciate ...

Senate GOP reaches for way forward on repealing Obamacare

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:49

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged his troops Thursday to rally around a plan that puts Obamacare in the rear-view mirror, yet the effort faces an even steeper climb after Sen. John McCain's shocking diagnosis with brain cancer.

"Now, dealing with this issue is right for the country. The fight ...

John McCain tweets he'll 'be back soon' to Senate after brain cancer diagnosis

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:36

Sen. John McCain tweeted Thursday that he'll "be back soon" in Congress after his cancer diagnosis.

"I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!" Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, tweeted.

Mr. McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer ...

Robert Mueller widens scope of investigation to include Trump business dealings with Russia: Report

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:20

Special counsel Robert Mueller has widened the scope of his Russia investigation to include President Trump's business transactions, according to a Bloomberg report.

Mr. Mueller is now looking into transactions between Mr. Trump's businesses and those of his associates to Russia, the report said on Thursday. This includes Russian ...

Steve King says firing Jeff Sessions would be a mistake for Donald Trump

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:57

Rep. Steve King said Thursday that firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be a mistake.

"I just want to send a message to the president of the United States: There is no person in this country better qualified to serve as attorney general. No one can match the excellence of ...

Rand Paul: Dropping insurance bailout from health care bill will improve chances of passage

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:38

Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that if the insurance bailout were removed from the Republican health care replacement he might be able to support it.

"There is some good in the bill, but there's an enormous insurance bailout fund. I have told them that if they take that insurance bailout ...

Jeff Sessions staying put as attorney general -- for now

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:33

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he did not plan to step down after a public rebuke by President Trump, saying he continued to carry out the president's directives as the country's top law enforcement officer.

"I'm completely confident that we can continue to run the office in an ...

Mike Lee, Utah Republican, says Senate unlikely to move forward on health care with McCain absence

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:19

Sen. Mike Lee said Thursday that he doesn't see Republicans moving on health care without Sen. John McCain.

"As close as these vote margins are it's hard for me to imagine moving on to this without John McCain present. I'm unfortunately unaware of what his condition entails," Mr. Lee, Utah ...

Christopher Wray, Trump's new FBI director pick, moves a step closer to confirmation

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:09

President Trump's new pick to lead the FBI is one step closer to being confirmed after receiving bipartisan support from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Christopher Wray received a unanimous vote out of the Judiciary Committee, even garnering praise from Democrats for his pledge to be independent.

Mr. Wray ...

Elizabeth Warren gives Donald Trump an 'F' for draining the swamp

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:35

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Thursday that President Trump earns an "F" for promising to drain the swamp.

"I'm glad to see a high stock market, but that growth is not widely shared. It does not mean that middle-class America is doing well," Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, said on CNN.

She ...

New Jersey city has Mexican flavor of the state of Puebla

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:17

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - The aroma of chiles and cinnamon fills the air, and bags of corn husk for making tamales fill Lino Cruz's food distribution business on a street here where three other businesses run by Mexican immigrants from the state of Puebla distribute fruits and vegetables from their ...

Former intelligence director James Clapper is writing a book

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:59

NEW YORK (AP) - James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence who has clashed with President Donald Trump, has a book deal.

Viking told The Associated Press on Thursday that Clapper, 76, will write about his 6 1/2 years as head of National Intelligence during President Barack Obama's administration ...

Mick Mulvaney: CBO score uses Obamacare architect's standards

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 14:55

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday that the Congressional Budget Office is still using a scoring system created by Obamacare's architect.

"Jonathan Gruber, who helped fashion Obamacare, his methodology is still being used to measure the replacement and the repeal bills. It's almost like it's not a fair ...

Matt Mead, Wyoming governor, says he'll return to private life when his term ends

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:57

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said Thursday that he plans to return to life as a private citizen when his term ends next year.

"After being in the political business, raising cows looks pretty good to me," Mr. Mead, a Republican, said on Fox News.

Mr. Mead is term-limited next year ...

2 missing Burundi teens entered Canada; no foul play seen

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:53

WASHINGTON (AP) - Police have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers gone missing after an international robotics competition were seen crossing the border into Canada.

The search for all the teens is ongoing, but police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance, Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita ...

Portugal admits to outdated security in army weapon theft

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 13:08

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Portugal's defense minister says the army national armory where hand grenades, ammunition and other weapons were stolen last month was vulnerable due to its "obsolete" electronic surveillance system.

Defense Minister Jose Azeredo Lopes says ordnance still stored there will be moved to arsenals kept by the ...

Majority of Americans want a bipartisan health care bill passed: Poll

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:51

A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans want a bipartisan health care bill passed.

The CNN poll shows 77 percent of Americans want to see a bill passed with bipartisan support, while only 12 percent want Republicans to try and pass a bill with only their support.


Guns and roses: 2 Mississippi law officers saying 'I do'

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:23

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Two officers at the same Mississippi sheriff's department are becoming husband and wife.

Lt. Benedict "Bena" Williams and Deputy Jerry Jones Jr. are marrying Saturday in McComb, the Enterprise-Journal reported .

They met when Jones joined the Pike County Sheriff's Department in 2016. Both said they ...

Arizona police: Calif. man slain in gun battle with officers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:17

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona police say a California man engaged in a gun battle with law enforcement officers before being fatally shot.

The shooting is being investigated by the Bullhead City Police Department, which says 54-year-old Silas Andrew Smith Jr. of Bellflower, California, was the man killed July 11 ...

Immigrant advocates convene in New Mexico amid uncertainty

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:16

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Around 200 student immigrant activists from around the country are coming to Albuquerque to strategize on how to respond to President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

The advocates are scheduled to meet at the University of New Mexico from Thursday to Sunday for a series of trainings ...

By embracing Russia, Donald Trump bumps up against top advisers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the foreign adversary.

The uneasy dynamic between the president and top aides has been exacerbated ...

GOP senators in last-ditch try to rescue health care bill

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:57

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican senators are hunkering down in a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion.

Yet after a face-to-face lecture from President Donald Trump, around two dozen of them staged a nearly three-hour bargaining session Wednesday night to resolve disputes ...

Speaker Ryan talking tax reform at New Balance shoe factory

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:04

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan is pitching Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code as his party looks to reset amid its struggles on repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Republican leader from Wisconsin was expected to give an update on ...

Inside the Beltway: Weathering the storm, Trump style

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:30

"There is no denying that America elected an exceptional president in (Donald) Trump, a consummate outsider and the first president ever to have no government or military experience. But as it wraps up its first six months, Trump's presidency looks more conventional than exceptional," writes New York Post columnist Michael ...

John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 02:02

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a statement released Wednesday evening by his office.

According to the office, the cancer was discovered after some surgery last week to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

"Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary ...

Donald Trump regret on tapping Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:54

President Trump expressed dissatisfaction with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview Wednesday and even said he wouldn't pick Mr. Sessions to lead the Justice Department if knew at the time what he knows now.

In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Trump said Mr. ...

Mark Esper of Raytheon tapped to be Army secretary

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:44

President Trump said late Wednesday he will nominate Raytheon executive Mark Esper as Army secretary, his third choice for the post.

Mr. Esper, vice president of government relations at Raytheon, is a former Army lieutenant colonel who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986. He served ...

Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner Paul Manafort to testify to Congress

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:37

Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort will testify before lawmakers next week, increasing the speculation around President Trump's inner circle and allegations of collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mr. Trump, Jr. and Mr. Manafort will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday, ...

Colorado Editorial Roundup

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:48

The Durango Herald, July 15, on Colorado winning bid for Outdoor Retailer show:

Colorado has gained the Outdoor Retailer trade show that Salt Lake City let get away.

That's a big win for Colorado, a big nod to outdoor recreation's ever-increasing economic clout and a big affirmation of the love ...

AP source: Trump to pick Raytheon lobbyist as Army secretary

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:40

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper to be the next secretary of the Army.

That's according to a Trump administration official who wasn't authorized to discuss the nomination ahead of an official announcement and requested anonymity.

Esper has been the top lobbyist for ...

Iowa GOP lawmaker calls on party leader to resign after suit

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:38

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Iowa has called on one of his party's statehouse leaders to resign following the conclusion of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former legislative aide.

Sen. Rick Bertrand of Sioux City said Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix of ...

Court restores activist's fight with Missouri ethics panel

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:20

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri appellate court says a judge's blocking an ethics panel from requiring a conservative activist to register to lobby the Legislature was premature.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports a Missouri Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday allows the Missouri Ethics Commission to again ...

Donald Trump's blue-collar support still strong in Rust Belt

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:11

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Big-rig mechanic Salvatore Pirozzi hadn't cast a ballot in a presidential election for most of his life until he got excited about voting for Donald Trump, and his support isn't wavering.

Like many other blue-collar voters across the Rust Belt who confounded pollsters and pundits to deliver Mr. ...

Pro-ethanol bill dividing both parties

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 00:04

An unlikely coalition of environmentalists, labor unions, boaters and some of the Senate's most conservative Republicans is mobilizing to fend off a pro-ethanol bill that has divided both parties and, if passed, would mark one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the industry.

Ethanol champions in the Senate ...

Health care reform isn't dead until Trump says so

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:51


There is no doubt that the pathway to repealing and replacing Obamacare has been rockier than expected.

Yes, it is complicated.

Yes, it is politically difficult.

Yes, this has taken far longer than anyone expected.

So where are we now?

It appears that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky ...

VA limits Choice for veterans' care as funds run dry

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 23:28

Marine Corps veteran Nancy Brown qualifies for a program that allows her to see a private doctor because she lives about 60 miles from the nearest VA hospital in Richmond, Virginia, but she was turned down recently when she sought an appointment to treat her ailing knee.

"There are no ...

South Carolina editorial roundup

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:49

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:


July 13

The Post and Courier of Charleston on concerns surrounding potential brain tumors in children who live miles from one another:

When one child dies of cancer, it's a tragedy. When as many as 11 children are diagnosed with similar cancers in ...

Editorials from around New York

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:28

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:

The New York Daily News on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City subway system

July 19

Putting aside their constant rivalry and mutual distrust, Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo came together to ...

AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:04

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans overwhelmingly want lawmakers of both parties to work out health care changes, with only 13 percent supporting Republican moves to repeal "Obamacare" absent a replacement, according to a new poll.

Although a deep partisan divide endures over the 2010 Affordable Care Act, people may be less ...

Court filing seeks 'buffer zone' outside abortion clinic

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:34

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to block abortion foes from impeding access to Kentucky's only abortion clinic in a pre-emptive move ahead of vigils against the facility.

The motion filed by U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn Jr. asks that demonstrators be kept out of a ...

Ike Kaveladze, Russian oligarch's rep, identified as eighth participant at Trump Tower meeting

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:34

Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze, an associate of a wealthy Russian oligarch with business ties to President Trump, has been named as the eighth person present at the now-infamous meeting last summer between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

Mr. Kaveladze, a Georgian native with U.S. citizenship, participated in the June ...

Donald Trump calls Barack Obama a liar

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:05

In unusually strong language about his predecessor, President Trump called President Obama a liar Wednesday on the thorny subject of Obamacare.

"Obamacare was a big lie," Mr. Trump said in a White House meeting with Republican senators seeking to craft a new health care plan.

He went on.

"You can ...

Supreme Court allows strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration's request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in.

But the justices are leaving in place a lower court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim ...

Army to kick out sergeant who tried to keep secret info President Obama had revealed

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:35

The Army has rejected an appeal from a 13-year public affairs sergeant and is kicking him out in a case tied to the Osama bin Laden raid, former President Barack Obama's speech about it and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information.

Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch told The ...

Judge denies Dayton's veto of Minnesota Legislature funding

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:24

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A judge restored funding Wednesday for Minnesota's legislative branch, ruling that Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the Legislature's operating budget was an unconstitutional violation of separation of powers.

Budgets for the House and Senate became a victim in a fight between the Democratic governor and ...

Donald Trump delivers ultimatum to GOP on health care bill

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:21

A combative President Trump implored Republican senators Wednesday not to go on their summer recess until they vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"I'm ready to act," Mr. Trump told lawmakers at the White House. "For seven years you've promised the American people that you would repeal ...

Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:57

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kathy Holbrook was at home one night last year when she started having chest pains, so the 63-year-old former office manager drove to a hospital near her home in the eastern Kentucky mountains.

"I am a Christian lady, so I believe in the power of prayer ...

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