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US, Russia announce Syria cease-fire after Trump-Putin talks

Posted 7/8/2017 in National

The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump's first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.



G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade

Posted 7/8/2017 in National

World powers lined up against U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming.



Ex-Guantanamo inmate gets apology, millions from Canada

Posted 7/8/2017 in National

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan received an apology and a multimillion-dollar payment from the Canadian government after a court ruling said his rights were abused.



Trial to decide if railroad shares blame in movie crew death

Posted 7/8/2017 in National

A movie director served jail time for trespassing onto a Georgia railroad bridge and putting his film crew in the path of a freight train that slammed into the group and killed a young camera assistant.



Missile strike on North Korea an unlikely response to aggression

Posted 7/7/2017 in National

A pre-emptive military strike may be among the "pretty severe things" President Donald Trump says he is considering for North Korea, but it's a step so fraught with risk that it ranks as among the unlikeliest options.



Hobby Lobby accused of hypocrisy amid smuggling case

Posted 7/7/2017 in National

Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy.



Wounded Rep. Scalise readmitted to intensive care

Posted 7/7/2017 in National

The Washington hospital where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he has been readmitted to the intensive care unit.



CNN faces backlash over handling of doctored Trump video

Posted 7/6/2017 in National

CNN says safety concerns led to its decision not to reveal the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video.



NPR's Declaration of Independence tweetstorm confuses some

Posted 7/6/2017 in National

National Public Radio marked the Fourth of July by tweeting the entire Declaration of Independence, but it seems some Twitter users didn't recognize what they were reading.



North Korea vows more 'gift packages' of missile tests for US

Posted 7/5/2017 in National

Grinning broadly, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delighted in the global furor created by his nation's first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, vowing Wednesday to never abandon nuclear weapons and to keep sending Washington more "gift packages" of missile and atomic tests.



Mueller probe could draw focus to Russian crime operations

Posted 7/5/2017 in National

The U.S. government has long warned that Russian organized crime posed a threat to democratic institutions, including "criminally linked oligarchs" who might collude with the Russian government to undermine business competition.



As July Fourth approaches, Americans debate democracy's fate

Posted 7/3/2017 in National

In his 4 years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at political rallies. But for a gathering held soon after President Donald Trump's inauguration, he decided on something more substantial: Copies of the Constitution.



GOP voters blame Congress, not Trump, for lack of progress

Posted 7/3/2017 in National

In firm control of the federal government, President Donald Trump and his Republican Party have so far failed to deliver on core campaign promises on health care, taxes and infrastructure.



Forecaster says budget cuts could hurt hurricane predictions

Posted 7/3/2017 in National

Recent progress in forecasting the intensity of hurricanes -- which has lagged behind storm track forecasting -- could be undermined by proposed cuts in federal funding for tropical weather research, says the retiring chief of a team of U.S. hurricane specialists.



White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as 'option'

Posted 7/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is pressuring wavering senators to back a Republican bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law but is holding open a repeal-only option if Republicans can't reach agreement over the July 4 recess, Trump's top legislative aide says.



Rapper who performed at Little Rock club arrested in Alabama

Posted 7/3/2017 in National

A rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured was arrested early Sunday on unrelated assault charges while outside an Alabama club where he was performing just 24 hours later, and authorities said several firearms were recovered during the arrest.



Trump upset states not fully cooperating with voting panel

Posted 7/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is upset that all states aren't fully cooperating with his voting commission's request for detailed information about every voter in the United States.



GOP bill would let churches endorse political candidates

Posted 7/1/2017 in National

Churches should have the right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans targeting a law that prohibits such outright politicking from the pulpit.



Trump on health debate: Repeal now, replace later

Posted 7/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump has barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations with a suggestion bound to muddle things: If you can't cut a deal on repealing the Obama-era law, then repeal it right away and then replace it later.



Summer looms with GOP stuck on health care, budget, taxes

Posted 7/1/2017 in National

Republicans are stuck on health care, can't pass a budget, and hopes for a big, bipartisan infrastructure package are fizzling. Overhauling the tax code looks more and more like a distant dream.



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