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Russian-American lobbyist says he was at Trump son's meeting

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

A prominent Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer said he was at a meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman last year, adding a new wrinkle to the Trump team's evolving explanations about the June 2016 session.



White House pitches revised GOP health bill to skeptical governors

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate.



DOJ appeals judge's travel ban ruling to Supreme Court

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge's order directly to the Supreme Court.



Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program.



Confidant of Pope Francis condemns US religious right

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview promotes division and hatred.



Hawaii soldier held without bail on terrorism charges

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

A U.S. soldier accused of wanting to commit a mass shooting after pledging loyalty to the Islamic State group believed the moon landing was faked, questioned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and thought the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job coordinated by the U.S. government, according to a former Army bunkmate.



Wounded deputy still defying odds a year after deadly ambush

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

Doctors didn't expect Nick Tullier to survive after a gunman shot him in the head, stomach and shoulder during an ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers last summer in Louisiana's capital city.



Iraqi facing deportation after aiding military takes refuge inside church

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

An Iraqi man who fled to the U.S. during the Gulf War and trained tens of thousands of American soldiers is facing deportation orders that could lead to his death in his homeland, his supporters say.



Judge in Hawaii hands Trump latest defeat on travel ban

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

In another setback for President Donald Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii has further weakened his already diluted travel ban by vastly expanding the list of family relationships with U.S. citizens that visa applicants can use to get into the U.S.



Lawmakers reach initial deal to expand GI education bill

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached initial agreement on the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and boosting money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve.



McConnell rolling out new GOP health bill to uncertain fate

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Senate Republican leaders are trotting out their new, but reeling, health care bill and angling toward a showdown vote next week amid signs that they have lots of work ahead to win over GOP lawmakers or face a resounding failure.



Trump says he'll be 'angry' if health bill flops

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will be "very angry" if the Senate fails to pass a revamped Republican health care bill and said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must "pull it off," intensifying pressure on party leaders laboring to win over unhappy GOP senators and preserve the teetering measure.



Face scans for US citizens flying abroad stir privacy issues

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step toward a surveillance state.



FBI nominee rejects Trump claim: Russia probe no witch hunt

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI broke with the president in key areas Wednesday, rejecting the idea that an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt" and promising not to cave to any pressure from a White House that has challenged boundaries with the nation's top law enforcement agency.



Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st US gene therapy

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S.



Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica

Posted 7/13/2017 in National



Poll: Three-quarters in US say they lack influence

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Linda Bell, a beekeeper and farmer who makes about $11,000 a year, feels Washington power brokers have no intention of making health care affordable.



Survey: 4 in 10 US adults have experienced online harassment

Posted 7/12/2017 in National

A new survey says a whopping 41 percent of U.S. adults have experienced online harassment, ranging from offensive name-calling to stalking and sexual harassment.



Trump Jr. admits he wanted info on Clinton from Russian lawyer

Posted 7/11/2017 in National

A meeting between President Donald Trump's eldest son and a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign occurred at the behest of a Moscow-based singer with family ties to Trump's businesses, according to a participant in the talks.



Senate GOP leaders hope for health care vote next week

Posted 7/11/2017 in National

Republican leaders are hoping to stage a climactic vote on their health care bill next week, though internal rifts over divisive issues like coverage requirements and Medicaid cuts leave the timing and even the measure's fate in question.



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