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Senators unveil deal to restore care-law aid

Subscriber onlyRepublican and Democratic senators unveiled a plan Tuesday that aims to stabilize the nation's health insurance markets by extending federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. Continue reading...

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton bill seeks care-mandate exemptions

Subscriber onlyU.S. Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Tuesday introduced legislation that would exempt some lower-income Americans from a tax that is assessed on people who forgo health insurance. Continue reading...

Anti-ISIS forces cheer Raqqa's fall

U.S. military says coalition still faces holdouts in Syrian city

Subscriber onlyU.S.-backed forces said Tuesday that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State militant group, which had long used the city as the capital of its self-declared caliphate. Continue reading...

NAFTA nations say talks to push into '18

Canada, Mexico balk at U.S. requests

Subscriber onlyNegotiations over the future of NAFTA will be extended into the first quarter of 2018, officials leading the talks said Tuesday, in a bid to resolve differences after Canada and Mexico rejected what they see as hard-line U.S. proposals. Continue reading...

New fires break out in California

In wine country, more evacuees return as crews curb flames

Subscriber onlyAs crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory Tuesday and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains. Continue reading...

Trump's travel ban No. 3 blocked by federal judge

Subscriber onlyA federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday from enforcing its latest travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the president's revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor." Continue reading...

Drug czar nominee pulls his name out

Lawmaker led push for ’16 opioid law

Subscriber onlyRep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration after reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Continue reading...

Illness now doubted in suicide-aid case

Subscriber onlyA Nebraska man accused of helping his Florida girlfriend kill herself after she told him she had cancer appears to have taken her story at face value and didn’t push her to seek medical treatment or mental-health counseling, authorities said Tuesday. Continue reading...

McCain takes digs; Trump warns him

Subscriber only President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that "I fight back" after McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy. Continue reading...

Kurds roll out, yielding disputed turf to Iraqis

Subscriber onlyKurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, a day after handing the northern city of Kirkuk over to federal forces in a tense standoff after last month's vote for independence. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber only2 Chinese charged in opioid peddling Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyPersonal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years. That's how long fans of his client, 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tell him he has to keep her healthy to block President Donald Trump from naming the liberal justice's replacement on the Supreme Court if he doesn't get re-elected to a second term. Johnson's response: Why just four years? Why not 14? Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyPhil Scott, governor of Vermont, called a new Statehouse lawn marker commemorating the state's first-in-the-nation civil-union law and subsequent marriage-equality legislation a fitting way to celebrate "Vermont's commitment to advancing civil rights." Continue reading...

Schools in Florida, U.S. resegregating, researchers report

Subscriber onlyIn the years after the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, many Southern states resisted, sometimes violently, school desegregation orders. Not Florida. There, leaders accepted them. Continue reading...

Balloon pilot’s medications cited in crash that killed 16 people

Subscriber only Investigators believe that the pilot in the deadliest hot-air balloon crash in U.S. history was impaired by Valium, opioids and cold and allergy medicine when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tuesday. Continue reading...

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