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One last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes

Posted yesterday in National

Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare."



Hurricane Maria aims at Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica

Posted yesterday in National

Puerto Rico faced Wednesday what officials said could be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. territory as they warned it would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.



Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 217

Posted yesterday in National

Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 217.



White House, black college heads to meet amid strained ties

Posted 9/19/2017 in National

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.



Senate backs bill to pump $700 billion into military

Posted 9/19/2017 in National

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.



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

Posted 9/19/2017 in National

Toys 'R' Us, the big box 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.



Republican governors get into the 'news' business

Posted 9/19/2017 in National

Republican governors are getting into the "news" business.



Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

Posted 9/19/2017 in National

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.



Hurricane Maria lashes Dominica, now menaces other islands

Posted 9/19/2017 in National

Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described Tuesday as "widespread devastation" from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma.



Trump honors resolve of the nation's Air Force

Posted 9/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump honored the resolve of the nation's Air Force on Friday, warning foes and international terrorist groups that the U.S. military would respond to any threats.



Trump revives debate on hate groups, then condemns them

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution condemning white supremacists and hate groups, hours after reviving his assertion that there were "bad dudes" among the people who assembled to oppose a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.



Trump, lawmakers squabble over whether they struck a deal

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them -- and if so, exactly what it was.



Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles, compresses

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

Florida seniors were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing home in the post-hurricane heat.



Harvey charities raise more than $350M in less than 3 weeks

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

More than 50 local and national charities have raised more than $350 million in the nearly three weeks since Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast, and the disparate groups are trying to decide on priorities while some storm victims still await help.



Manhunt on after homemade bomb wounds 22 on London subway

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

Hundreds of British police embarked on a massive manhunt Friday, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour.



Sirens sound as North Korea again sends a missile over Japan

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

Warning sirens blared when the North Korean missile was launched and again when it passed over Japan's northern island of Hokkaido as residents were just starting their day.



House backs bill targeting gang members for deportation

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

The House on Thursday backed legislation that would make membership in a criminal gang grounds for deportation as Republicans warned of the dangers of the violent street gang MS-13.



1 soldier killed, 7 injured in Fort Bragg training exercise

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

A training exercise involving demolitions killed one special operations soldier and injured seven others at the Army's largest base Thursday, just a day after 15 Marines were hurt in a fire while training in California.



Medicare card remake to fight identity theft

Posted 9/15/2017 in National

Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft.



Death of 8 at Florida nursing home sounds alarms after Irma

Posted 9/14/2017 in National

Hurricane-scarred Florida warily eyed the fate of its most vulnerable residents and emergency workers were urged to immediately check on those in nursing homes after eight people died in a scorching facility that lost its air conditioning in the storm.



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