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State loss $6B under health bill, firm says

Subscriber onlyArkansas would lose $6 billion in federal health care funding over seven years under legislation aimed at undoing much of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to estimates by a health care consulting firm. Continue reading...

Maria clobbers Puerto Rico

100% of island without power, emergency chief says

Subscriber onlyHurricane Maria raked across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years, ripping roofs off buildings, filling homes with water and knocking out power to the entire population. Continue reading...

Mexicans coalesce, search quake ruins

Survivor hunt still on at fallen school

Subscriber only Rescue workers and residents in Mexico's capital searched frantically Wednesday for survivors of a powerful earthquake that turned high-rise buildings into piles of rubble and caused the collapse of a school attended by hundreds of children. Continue reading...

Trump again touts party's health plan

GOP block-grant bill still shy votes

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the latest effort by Senate Republicans to advance a health care bill, calling it legislation that would fulfill the party's promise to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Continue reading...

Iranian rips Trump talk as 'absurd'

Subscriber onlyIranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday blasted President Donald Trump's speech before the United Nations as "ignorant, absurd and hateful" and vowed that Iran will not be the first to walk away from the nuclear deal. Continue reading...

Manafort sent offer to Russian

Mogul would get ’16 race briefings

Subscriber onlyLess than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. Continue reading...

Plea guilty in bourbon thievery

Kentucky distillery worker called ringleader in scheme

Subscriber onlyA distillery worker at the center of a bourbon-theft scheme that spirited away tens of thousands of dollars' worth of liquor has pleaded guilty in the case. Continue reading...

Catalonia vote supporters flood streets

Spanish officials arrest regional leaders, seize ballots as crackdown escalates

Subscriber onlyThousands of people supporting a contested referendum to split Catalonia from Spain took to Barcelona's streets Wednesday amid an intensifying government crackdown that included the arrests of a dozen regional officials and the seizure of 10 million ballot papers. Continue reading...

Fire on Cousteau’s ship delays revamp

Subscriber onlyA fire on marine explorer Jacques Cousteau’s iconic ship Calypso has delayed the vessel’s restoration by six to eight months, a representative of the Cousteau Society said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Australia readying trip for 50 refugees to U.S.

Subscriber only The first 50 refugees to be resettled in the U.S. under a contentious agreement with Australia will receive notice within days about their impending departure from the Pacific island camps where they have languished for years, the Australian prime minister said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Power back in much of Florida

Pace faster than in previous storms; 75,000 still in dark

Subscriber onlyIn the 10 days since Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to nearly two-thirds of Florida, the state has restored power for most residents, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago. Continue reading...

Court tosses federal data theft lawsuit

Unions sought compensation for victims of government database hack

Subscriber onlyA federal court has rejected a lawsuit seeking compensation for millions of federal employees, retirees and others whose personal information was stolen from two government databases. Continue reading...

50 nations sign treaty to shun nuclear arms

Subscriber only Fifty countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the world's nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless. Continue reading...

Kenya court tells why it voided vote

Subscriber only Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday that it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election largely because the electoral commission refused to allow an investigation of its computerized system that transmitted results. Continue reading...

U.S. plans $32M in Rohingya aid

At U.N., Pence calls on Burma’s forces to end ‘savagery’

Subscriber onlyThe United States plans to contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the administration's first major response to the minority group's mass exodus from Burma. Continue reading...

Possible Shiite corridor worries Israelis

Gains in Syria by Assad’s troops, Iranian-backed Hezbollah heighten fears

Subscriber onlyAs Syrian President Bashar Assad holds the upper hand in his country's civil war, Israeli leaders are growing concerned about the intentions of his Iranian patrons and their emerging corridor of influence across the region. Continue reading...

U.S. memo takes Egypt to task on human rights

Subscriber onlyEgypt is failing to protect free speech and minority groups, investigate abuses by its forces or grant U.S. monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a report from President Donald Trump's administration. Continue reading...

Maine draws suit over abortion law

Subscriber only The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine rule that is common across most of the U.S. requiring that abortions be performed solely by physicians. Continue reading...

Cocaine seizures at sea set record

It’s Coast Guard’s 2nd in row

Subscriber onlyThe Coast Guard for the second consecutive year has set a record for cocaine seizures at sea, an effort that admirals are linking to border security. Continue reading...

California sues over Trump's wall plan

Subscriber onlyCalifornia's attorney general sued President Donald Trump's administration Wednesday over its plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing it's overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws. Continue reading...

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