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Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

Posted 1/19/2018 in National

A bitterly-divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.



Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes -- and save Big Tobacco

Posted 1/19/2018 in National

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.



Government scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown

Posted 1/19/2018 in National

The nation's premier medical research institute is in "a scramble" to prepare for a partial government shutdown that could ruin costly experiments and leave sick patients unable to enter cutting-edge studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said Thursday.



Pence has long pushed for Trump policies on Israel

Posted 1/19/2018 in National

Vice President Mike Pence is making his fifth visit to Israel, returning to a region he's visited "a million times" in his heart.



Tax law gives unexpected break to farmers who sell to co-ops

Posted 1/19/2018 in National

Key senators and farm groups are trying to fix a provision in the federal tax overhaul that gave an unexpected tax break to farmers who sell their crops to cooperatives rather than regular companies.



Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

Congressional Democrats aren't backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants, as hard-line liberal groups shrug off risks of a government shutdown.



Travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over a long-term decline in international tourism to the U.S. and said they want to work with the Trump administration to reverse the trend.



Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel.



Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins.



Arizona's GOP senators denounce Trump attacks on news media

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

President Donald Trump's use of the terms "fake news" and "enemy of the people" is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday.



Navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

Five officers involved in two Navy ship collisions last year that killed a total of 17 sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, the Navy said Tuesday.



Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

Posted 1/18/2018 in National

President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with Russia.



Republicans still struggling with Trump's remarks on Africa

Posted 1/17/2018 in National

Republicans struggled to get their stories straight Tuesday as President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary became the latest GOP official to offer an inconclusive version of a meeting in which Trump is said to have used vulgar remarks that have been criticized as racist.



Aced it: Doc says Trump got perfect score on cognitive test

Posted 1/17/2018 in National

President Donald Trump performed "exceedingly well" on a surprise cognitive screening test administered last week, his doctor said Tuesday, as the White House continued to bat back questions about the president's mental fitness for office.



Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

Posted 1/17/2018 in National

The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun.



Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

Posted 1/17/2018 in National

Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas Tuesday.



Conservatives balk at GOP plan to avert government shutdown

Posted 1/17/2018 in National

Hard-line conservatives are threatening to scuttle Republican leaders' plans to prevent a weekend government shutdown and saying GOP leaders lack the votes to push their proposal through the House.



King children criticize Trump, decry racism on MLK holiday

Posted 1/16/2018 in National

Two of Martin Luther King Jr.'s children and the pastor of his historic Atlanta church marked the national King holiday Monday with sharp denunciations of President Donald Trump, focusing on disparaging remarks he is said to have made about African countries and Haitian immigrants.



Trump goes after the Dem who surfaced his immigration remark

Posted 1/16/2018 in National

President Donald Trump turned his Twitter torment Monday on the Democrat in the room where immigration talks with lawmakers took a famously coarse turn, saying Sen. Dick Durbin misrepresented what he had said about African nations and Haiti and, in the process, undermined the trust needed to make a deal.



Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Posted 1/16/2018 in National

A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.



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