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Boy Scouts: Top leaders didn't call Trump to praise speech

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

Faced with a firm denial from the Boy Scouts, the White House on Wednesday corrected President Donald Trump's claim in an interview that the head of the youth group called him to heap praise on a politically aggressive speech Trump delivered at the Scouts' national jamboree.



Congress OKs big boost in GI Bill college aid for veterans

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade.



Prosecutors: Alabama shop sold coat of endangered jaguar fur

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

Jaguar fur on a 47-year-old coat has prompted a federal case in which prosecutors accuse an Alabama clothing consignment shop of violating the Endangered Species Act.



Sessions: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.



Lawsuit: Fox News coordinated with White House on false story

Posted 8/2/2017 in National

A lawsuit filed Tuesday lays out an explosive tale of Trump allies, the White House and Fox News Channel conspiring to push a false story about Democratic leaks and an unsolved killing in order to distract attention from the Russia investigation that has been swirling around the president.



GOP shows signs of reaching out to Democrats on health care

Posted 8/2/2017 in National

Republicans showed signs Tuesday of reaching out to Democrats for a joint if modest effort to buttress health insurance markets, four days after the GOP effort to unilaterally uproot and reshape the Obama health care law crumpled in the Senate.



Inmates used peanut butter to fool guard

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

A dozen inmates escaped from an Alabama jail by using peanut butter to change the numbers above a door and trick a new employee into opening another door that led outside, a sheriff said Monday.



Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as White House chief moves in

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications director was shown the door, ignominiously ousted after less than two weeks on the job.



Father, son prepare for eclipse after missed 1979 viewing

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

The last time a total solar eclipse blacked out the sun in Oregon nearly 40 years ago, Gene Brick was working in a timber mill that refused to shut down for the spectacle.



Trump on tricky legal ground with 'Obamacare' threat

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of "Obamacare" could put the government in a tricky legal situation.



AP Analysis: Most automakers slow to fix dangerous air bags

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

A government effort to speed up recalls of more than 21 million of the most dangerous Takata air bag inflators is falling short, according to an analysis of completion rates by The Associated Press.



White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week.



Trump's new chief of staff takes over a White House in chaos

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's new chief of staff is entering a West Wing battered by crisis. Retired Gen. John Kelly, previously the Homeland Security secretary, takes over today from the ousted Reince Priebus.



Tropical Storm Emily forms off the coast of Florida

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

Tropical Storm Emily has formed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of west-central Florida and is expected to move inland across the peninsula.



Judge blocks Arkansas from enforcing 4 abortion restrictions

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

A federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner's consent before a woman could get an abortion.



Son of Nashville mayor dies of apparent drug overdose

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

The only son of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry -- whom her office described as "a kind soul full of life" -- has died of an apparent drug overdose, and she asked for privacy as she and her husband face life "without his laughter and love."



Israeli court upholds sentencing of soldier's fatal shooting

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

An Israeli military court on Sunday upheld the 18-month sentence of a soldier convicted of fatally shooting a Palestinian attacker who lay on the ground wounded after stabbing and wounding another soldier, in a case that divided the country where military service is mandatory.



McCain, expected to save health bill, became the executioner

Posted 7/29/2017 in National

John McCain seemed poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol despite a brain cancer diagnosis.



GOP fears political fallout after health care 'epic fail'

Posted 7/29/2017 in National

Weary Republicans in Washington may be ready to move on from health care, but conservatives across the United States are warning the GOP-led Congress not to abandon its pledge to repeal the Obama-era health law -- or risk a political nightmare in next year's elections.



Trump ready to sign Russia sanctions bill, Moscow retaliates

Posted 7/29/2017 in National

President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy's recreation retreat.



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