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Trump hits GOP foes of health-care bill, Sen. Paul calls it ‘fake repeal’ |Sep 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP’s last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill “fake repeal” and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation’s details.

House to vote on $7.9 billion Hurricane Harvey relief bill |Sep 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — With federal disaster reserves running out, the House is swiftly moving to pass President Donald Trump’s request for a $7.9 billion first installment of relief for victims of Harvey.

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm |Sep 6, 2017

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida.

Trump to phase out DACA, throw issue to Congress |Sep 5, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

Putin says Trump ‘not my bride, and I’m not his groom’ |Sep 5, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has refrained from making any criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking at a news conference in China on Tuesday, Putin dismissed a question whether he was disappointed in Trump as “naive.

Record-breaking Hurricane Irma bears down on Caribbean |Sep 5, 2017

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Armed with the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Irma bore down Tuesday on the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean on a path that could take it toward Florida over the weekend.

Who is protected by DACA? Here’s a by-the-numbers look |Sep 5, 2017

Some 800,000 people nationwide – at least a quarter of them in California – who immigrated to this country as children are hanging in the balance as President Donald Trump mulls over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Trump’s DACA decision unites right and left on one point: The fight isn’t over yet |Sep 5, 2017

“DACA is an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.” — Attorney General Jeff Sessions “Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.

As Harvey finally fizzles, a look at what made it so nasty |Sep 3, 2017

WASHINGTON >> The slow-moving, super-wet and especially devastating storm named Harvey is finally fizzling. Since first hitting shore near Corpus Christi, Texas, more than a week ago, the storm dumped 27 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana — enough to cover all of Manhattan a mile (1.

Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans |Sep 3, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over.

Trump resistance groups look beyond Washington for victories |Sep 3, 2017

ATLANTA >> The Virginia House of Delegates. The Arizona attorney general’s office. Atlanta City Hall. Seats of power unaccustomed to intense political attention are the focus of liberal groups as they try to turn the Trump resistance movement into tangible victories.

Trump, asked if he’d attack North Korea, says: ‘We’ll see’ |Sep 3, 2017

TOKYO >> North Korea on Sunday claimed a “perfect success” for its most powerful nuclear test so far, a further step in the development of weapons capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area following Harvey |Sep 3, 2017

HIGHLANDS, Texas >> As Dwight Chandler sipped beer and swept out the thick muck caked inside his devastated home, he worried whether Harvey’s floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pit just a couple blocks away.

Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67 |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died.

A slow Labor Day caps a down summer at the box office |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> With no new wide releases, Hollywood basically took the Labor Day weekend off and put an end to what’s expected to be the lowest earning summer movie going season since 2006 — the last time the industry saw a sub-$4 billion summer.

For Trump, chance to return with empathy for Harvey victims |Sep 2, 2017

HOUSTON >> President Donald Trump brought plenty of optimism and swagger to Texas on his initial visit to survey Harvey’s devastation. He’s getting a chance to return with empathy.

China says Japan shouldn’t slap North Korea with sanctions |Sep 2, 2017

BEIJING >> China has advised Japan not to impose sanctions unilaterally on North Korea after Pyongyang launched a test missile that flew over Japan before falling into the Pacific Ocean, the Chinese foreign ministry said Saturday.

An equal opportunity storm: ‘Harvey didn’t spare anyone’ |Sep 2, 2017

HOUSTON >> Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction. It raged through neighborhoods rich and poor, black and white, upscale and working class. Across Houston and surrounding communities, no group sidestepped its paralyzing deluges and apocalyptic floods.

2nd Utah police officer on paid leave over nurse arrest |Sep 2, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY >> A second Salt Lake City police officer has been put on paid leave as authorities investigate the use of force in a nurse’s arrest. The July 26 incident captured on police body-camera video showed Detective Jeff Payne dragging nurse Alex Wubbels from a hospital and handcuffing her after she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient in a car-crash investigation.

Unemployment still low, but where are the raises? |Sep 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.

Swamp thing: You won’t believe what stolen Peugeot looks like after 38 years in murky pond |Sep 1, 2017

PARIS — It’s the car coming back from a watery grave. A blue Peugeot 104 stolen in the heart of France’s Champagne country in 1979 is being reunited with its owner — 38 years later — after French police pulled it, in surprisingly good shape but crawling with crayfish, from a murky swamp.

A week after hitting Texas, Harvey still causing evacuations |Sep 1, 2017

HOUSTON — Nearly a week after Harvey crashed into the Texas coastline, the storm chased more people out of their homes Friday after dumping heavy rain on Louisiana, and Houston planned a water release that could keep as many as 20,000 homes flooded for up to 15 days.

Republicans oppose expected Trump move on DACA |Sep 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican are urging President Donald Trump not to rescind federal protections for immigrant children whose parents brought them to the country illegally.

Houston-area floodwaters recede but dangers still loom |Aug 31, 2017

HOUSTON — Major dangers loomed over the U.S. Gulf Coast area Thursday with the continued threat of serious flooding near the Texas-Louisiana line and after a series of explosions at a flooded chemical plant, even as Harvey’s floodwaters receded in the Houston area after days of torrential rain.

UK leader backs Japan on North Korea, reassures on Brexit |Aug 31, 2017

TOKYO — British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to reassure Japanese business leaders about Brexit on Thursday, while also joining Japan in calling on China to use its influence to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.

Leukemia-fighting gene therapy has ups (it usually works) and downs (you won’t believe what it costs, side effects are brutal) |Aug 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.

US takes to skies in show of force against North Korea |Aug 31, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, the U.

Harvey death count up to 21 as woman’s body is found |Aug 30, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local): 2 p.m. A woman whose body was found floating in floodwaters near a residential area in southeast Texas is believed to be at least the 21st person to have died in Harvey’s path.

There are more US troops in Afghanistan than we thought |Aug 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials for the first time say there are about 11,000 U.S. forces currently deployed to Afghanistan. That is far more than the 8,400 total acknowledged under the previous administration’s troop cap.

Trump to Harvey victims: ‘All of America’ grieving with you |Aug 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying “all of America is grieving with you.

Princess Diana’s influence endures 20 years after her death |Aug 30, 2017

LONDON — The shock came late on a summer evening: After an idyllic Mediterranean holiday, Princess Diana had been in a car crash in Paris. Her boyfriend was dead; she was hospitalized, condition unclear.

A pair of 70-year-old dams protecting Houston from Harvey waters are now overflowing |Aug 29, 2017

HOUSTON — A pair of 70-year-old reservoir dams that protect downtown Houston from flooding began overflowing Tuesday, adding to the rising floodwaters from Harvey that have crippled the city after five consecutive days of rain.

Trump traveling to Texas for briefings on Harvey recovery |Aug 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — Confronting Harvey’s fury, President Donald Trump made an all-out push Tuesday to show the federal government’s responsiveness to the massive storm that has lashed the Texas coast and caused catastrophic flooding.

Trump: ‘All options are on the table’ after North Korea launches missile over Japan |Aug 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that “all options are on the table” in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea’s launch of a missile over Japan. In a terse, written statement Tuesday, Trump said that with the missile launch North Korea has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.

Here are some heartwarming stories about how people came together after Hurricane Harvey |Aug 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has been tearing through Houston since it touched land last week. Many are stranded and have been displaced due to floods in the area. Despite the tragic developments in Texas, there are some instances that will make you cry a tear of happiness.

As Trump’s DACA deadline looms, LA ‘DREAMers’ fear the worst, but find support |Aug 29, 2017

Jordie Conde knows the deadline is looming for the Trump administration to start phasing out an Obama-era program that shields certain undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation.

More chaos in Houston as Harvey-fueled floodwaters rise to roof lines |Aug 28, 2017

HOUSTON >> Floodwaters reached the rooflines of single-story homes Monday and people could be heard pleading for help from inside as Harvey poured rain on the Houston area for a fourth consecutive day after a chaotic weekend of rising water and rescues.

Judge sends Indian guru to jail for 20 years in rapes |Aug 28, 2017

ROHTAK, India — A judge on Monday sentenced a popular and flamboyant Indian spiritual guru to a total of 20 years in prison on charges of raping two female followers. The sentences were pronounced amid intense security at a prison in the northern town of Rohtak where the guru, who calls himself Dr.

US interior secretary urges gold-mining ban near Yellowstone |Aug 28, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public land near Yellowstone National Park and will consider blocking other mining.

Trump confronts the tricky politics of natural disasters |Aug 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy.

South Korea says North fires projectile over Japan |Aug 28, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said Tuesday, an aggressive test-flight over the territory of a close U.

Lawyer says Trump Tower in Russia considered during campaign |Aug 28, 2017

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer acknowledged Monday that the president’s company pursued a Trump Tower in Moscow during the Republican primary, but that the plan was abandoned “for a variety of business reasons.

What happens when you’re forced to change health plans when you’re sick? |Aug 28, 2017

Joanna Joshua, 39, panicked when she opened a letter from her family’s insurer, Cigna, only to learn it was pulling out of California’s individual market next year. The Santa Clarita resident would have no choice but to change health plans.

Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on |Aug 27, 2017

WASHINGTON >> In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation’s capital, he fretted that he would lag behind.

German woman dies, raises death toll to 16 in Spain attacks |Aug 27, 2017

MADRID >> A 51-year-old German woman died Sunday from injuries suffered in the Aug. 17 vehicle attack in Barcelona, raising the overall death toll in Spain’s recent attacks to 16, health officials in Catalonia said.

Indian guru faces up to life in prison in rape case |Aug 27, 2017

NEW DELHI >> Thousands of supporters of an Indian quasi-religious sect leader left his headquarters in northern India on Sunday as authorities relaxed a curfew a day ahead of his sentencing for rape.

First lady appears to borrow from Michelle Obama’s playbook |Aug 27, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Bare arms and a belted waist, a White House vegetable garden and parents in the residence: Melania Trump is borrowing pages from Michelle Obama’s playbook. From public policy to high fashion to family ties, Mrs.

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston |Aug 27, 2017

HOUSTON >> Tropical Storm Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.

Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director, dies at 74 |Aug 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died.

With Trump pardon, Arpaio again wiggles out of legal trouble |Aug 27, 2017

PHOENIX >> In his 24 years as metro Phoenix’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio survived scandals and dodged investigations that would easily have sunk the careers of many politicians. He locked up journalists and made criminal cases against political adversaries who tangled with him, investigated judges and misspent $100 million in jail funds.