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House panel passes Westerman-led bill on national forests

Subscriber onlyThe House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday approved the Resilient Federal Forests Act, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman's bill to overhaul management practices in national forests. Continue reading...

List same-sex couples’ names on birth certificates, U.S. high court says in reversing Arkansas justices

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Gay couples who are married are entitled to have both their names listed on their child's birth certificate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. Continue reading...

CBO: Insured fall 22 million in Senate bill

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Senate bill to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026, a figure that is only slightly lower than the 23 million more uninsured that the House version would create, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday. Continue reading...

In part, justices allow travel ban

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to allow a limited version of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect. The court said it will consider in the fall the president's broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises issues of national security and religious discrimination. Continue reading...

U.S. to flag China on trafficking

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is poised to declare China among the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, U.S. officials said Monday, putting the world's most populous country in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria. Continue reading...

House panel chief pushes a $696B defense budget

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Declaring the U.S. military in dire need of rebuilding, an influential House committee chairman pressed his case Monday for $696 billion defense budget in 2018 -- more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue reading...

Justices refuse gun-carrying case

California law puts good-cause limit on concealment permit

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a California law that places strict limits on carrying guns in public. Continue reading...

Trump, India's Modi hug, talk up ties

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Hugging outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a "global terrorist." Continue reading...

Texas migrant law illegal, a burden, cities argue

Subscriber onlySAN ANTONIO -- Lawyers for Texas cities fighting the state's tough new immigration law argued Monday that it would force local law enforcement to help federal officials carry out mass deportations. Continue reading...

Ex-Sheriff Arpaio on trial in Arizona

Subscriber onlyPHOENIX — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal trial opened Monday over his defiance of the courts in traffic patrols that targeted illegal aliens, marking the most aggressive effort to hold the former lawman of metro Phoenix accountable for tactics that critics say racially profiled Hispanics. Continue reading...

Ruling gives boost to church rights

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court fortified the legal rights of churches, ruling that Missouri officials violated the Constitution by excluding a religious preschool and day care center from a program that pays for new playground surfaces. Continue reading...

College students' debt forgiveness slows

Subscriber onlyBOSTON -- Danielle Ramos' student-debt nightmare was supposed to be over. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyMan convicted in 2-year-old's slaying Continue reading...

Doubts linger on health care vote this week

Decision near, Trump says; 5 GOP senators still say ‘no’

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Sunday said he doesn't think Senate Republicans are "that far off" on a health care overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare," signaling that last-minute changes will help the bill win enough support for passage. Continue reading...

Trump aide says Obama at fault in Russia threat

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The White House blamed President Barack Obama's administration Sunday for failing to tackle Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, sticking with a new strategy to fault President Donald Trump's predecessor for an issue currently facing the president. Continue reading...

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