In GOP immigration battle, factions split over citizenship

Congress Immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them...


Critics: NFL decision chooses mainstream appeal over players

NFL Meetings Football

WASHINGTON (AP) — With its decision to ban kneeling during the national anthem, critics are accusing the NFL of prioritizing being in the good financial graces of mainstream America over the social justice passions of its players trying to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the...


Trump defends describing MS-13 gang members as 'animals'


BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) — Describing gang violence inflicted by MS-13 members in chilling and gruesome detail, President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to make “radical” changes to U.S. aid practices by withholding government assistance from countries whose citizens enter the United States illegally....


Top aide cancels plans to leave Pruitt's EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has called off plans to leave. Lincoln Ferguson, a senior adviser at the agency, said Wednesday that John Konkus had decided to remain in his job as deputy associate administrator for public affairs. Konkus...


Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein targeted by federal prosecutors

Sexual Misconduct Weinstein

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer said in a court filing that federal prosecutors in New York have launched a criminal investigation into the film producer, in addition to a previously disclosed probe by the Manhattan District Attorney. Attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a declaration...


Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

Congress Banking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he’s eager to sign a bill that would dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lots jobs and foreclosed homes. The House voted 258-159 on...


FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Teething Products Warning

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and...


DC federal appeals court to livestream audio of arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal appeals court for the District of Columbia has voted to livestream the audio of all oral arguments, except when classified or sealed material has to be discussed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit made the announcement Wednesday. Chief...


Lawmakers: Funding, urgency lacking in Olympic abuse crisis

Sex Abuse Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tears and anger this time came from lawmakers who spent the day fuming over a growing sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports that leaders have taken too much time to solve while devoting too little money for the fixes. “I just hope everyone here realizes the time to talk is over,...


The Latest: Senate approves bill to widen private care at VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate vote on a bill to expand private care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (all times local): 4:08 p.m. The Senate has passed a sweeping bill aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump’s pledge to expand private care to veterans as an alternative to the...

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