Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

Border Wall

President Donald Trump plans to build a


US stock indexes move higher in afternoon trading; oil rises

APTOPIX Financial Markets Wall Street

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. indexes modestly higher in afternoon trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings, deal news and economic data. Energy stocks also rose, getting a boost from rising crude oil prices. Utilities, real estate companies and...


North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'

LGBT Rights North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers voted Thursday to roll back North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state dearly in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments. The compromise plan, announced Wednesday night...


Bill Nye will join the March for Science

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. “Science guy” Bill Nye will join Mona Hanna-Attisha, the doctor who helped expose lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, and Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular biologist who helped develop the technique for making insulin, in headlining the upcoming March for Science in...


The Latest: North Carolina OKs rolling back 'bathroom bill'

LGBT Rights North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina’s “bathroom law” (all times local): 1:35 p.m. A bill rolling back North Carolina’s contentious LGBT “bathroom bill” has passed the General Assembly and is now headed to the governor’s desk. Democratic Gov. Roy...


A staggering increase in U.S. heroin use has hit young, white men the hardest

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Heroin use - which has been at the epicenter of a ruthless and relentless opioid epidemic sweeping the country - has increased fivefold over a decade, and dependence on the drug has tripled, researchers say. A major study released Wednesday found that the sharpest...


Air Force secretary nominee defends actions that were at the center of inquiry

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s Air Force secretary nominee on Thursday defended her work for a defense contractor shortly after leaving Congress in a deal that was later cited in an inspector general investigation, saying that she did what she was asked and did...


Bill rolling back North Carolina's contentious LGBT law passes General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Bill rolling back North Carolina’s contentious LGBT law passes General Assembly and heads to governor, who supports it.


Disabled, or just desperate? Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEAVERTON, Ala. - The lobby at the pain-management clinic had become crowded with patients, so relatives had gone outside to their trucks to wait, and here, too, sat Desmond Spencer, smoking a 9 a.m. cigarette and watching the door. He tried stretching out his right...


Tillerson says Turkey, U.S. face tough choices over Kurds

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. and Turkey face “difficult choices” over the best way to combat the Islamic State, highlighting their stark disagreements on whether Kurdish forces should play a role in the battle to retake the jihadists’ stronghold in Syria....

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Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups challenged the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court on Thursday because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed. The Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups say the initial environmental...

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