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GOP-forged bill on funding gets through House

Plan sets Feb. 16 deadline; its fate in Senate uncertain

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday night passed a GOP-written stopgap spending bill to keep the government open past tonight, but Senate Democrats appeared ready to block the measure. Continue reading...

New unit to review health staff qualms over some services

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration announced Thursday that it was taking another step to protect doctors, nurses and other health workers who have religious or moral objections to performing medical services such as abortions or sex-change operations. Continue reading...

Texas carries out 1st execution of 2018

Subscriber onlyHUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Texas carried out the nation's first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving a lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims. Continue reading...

2017 among three hottest on record

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Continue reading...

Senate OKs foreign spy program renewal

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad. Continue reading...

Witnesses in congressional Russia probes receive guidance from White House

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with Russia. Continue reading...

Governors seek opioid-fight help

Subscriber onlyCHERRY HILL, N.J. — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation’s governors called on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day. Continue reading...

Trump champions U.S. House hopeful

Aide says state visit on tax overhaul

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump on Thursday pledged "total support" for a Pennsylvania lawmaker trying to keep a House seat in Republican hands in the first congressional race of the year, tweeting his endorsement hours before visiting the state. Continue reading...

Medicaid work rule questionable, Democrats say

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The U.S.' new policy allowing state work requirements for Medicaid recipients is legally questionable, more than two dozen Democratic senators said Thursday, framing an argument likely to be aired in court. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyZimbabwean, four others die in crash Continue reading...

Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in US helicopter crash

Subscriber onlyALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett died in a helicopter crash in a remote part of the U.S. state of New Mexico that also killed four others, authorities said. Continue reading...

Governors to Trump, Congress: Do more to solve opioid crisis

Subscriber onlyCHERRY HILL, N.J. — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing more than 90 Americans a day. Continue reading...

Lawyer: OJ Simpson is golfing a lot, staying in Las Vegas

Subscriber onlyLAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson is not planning to move from Nevada to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison, his Las Vegas lawyer said Thursday. Continue reading...

Pope urges Chile to welcome migrants, holds airborne wedding

Subscriber onlyIQUIQUE, Chile — Pope Francis wrapped up his Chile visit Thursday by performing a first-of-its-kind airborne papal wedding ceremony and then celebrating a Mass on land in which he urged the South American nation to continue welcoming migrants and caring for the least fortunate among them. Continue reading...

13-year-old boy dies trying to save paralyzed dad from fire

Subscriber onlyMARIETTA, Okla. -- Authorities in southern Oklahoma say a 13-year-old boy died while trying to help his paralyzed father escape from a mobile home fire. Continue reading...