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N. Korea risks war, Trump says at U.N.

Little talk of unity as Iran, Syria also hit

Subscriber only President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to "totally destroy North Korea" if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the renegade nation's nuclear weapons program, making his case in a combative debut speech to the U.N. that laid out a stark, good-vs.-evil view of a globe riven by chaos and turmoil. Continue reading...

Maria hurls rain at Puerto Rico, promises worse

Islanders fear devastation; blasted Dominica falls silent

Subscriber only As rain began lashing Puerto Rico on Tuesday afternoon, the U.S territory's governor warned that Hurricane Maria could hit "with a force and violence that we haven't seen for several generations." Continue reading...

Trump lawyer's questioning reset

Senate panel delays interview, scolds him over statement

Subscriber only President Donald Trump's lawyer will return to Capitol Hill for a public hearing next month after the Senate Intelligence Committee abruptly canceled a closed staff interview Tuesday morning. Continue reading...

GOP said to be forsaking tax cuts for top earners

Subscriber onlyWhite House and GOP leaders are preparing major changes to coming tax legislation, including scaling back plans for large-scale tax cuts for the top earners, as Republicans seek to win support from Democrats in Congress, three people briefed on the discussions said. Continue reading...

Governors pick sides in new health bill bid

Subscriber only The suddenly resurgent Republican effort to undo the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was dealt a major blow on Tuesday when a bipartisan group of governors came out against a proposal gaining steam in the Senate. Continue reading...

Tennessee prison fined over counting

Subscriber onlyTennessee corrections officials fined a private prison company $43,750 because of problems it had counting inmates at a prison it operates, according to state documents. Continue reading...

McCain's command to Navy: Do better

Sea disasters draw senator’s scolding

Subscriber onlySen. John McCain, R-Ariz., scolded the Navy's senior leaders Tuesday, demanding answers and accountability for a string of deadly and expensive accidents at sea that have exposed the service's struggle to address leadership shortcomings and eroding safety standards. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyKansas penalizes abortion provider Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyBillboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan "just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English" were removed Tuesday from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit. The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private English language school in Zagreb that tried to persuade Croats to learn English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born U.S. first lady's personal experience. Continue reading...

Getting it straight

Subscriber onlyTyler Wood is stepping down from the seat on the Forrest County, Miss., Election Commission that he won in November, 2016, at the age of 18. Wood’s decision was incompletely described in an “In the news” item in Tuesday’s editions. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyJames Clark IV, 32, of Abington, Pa., faces vehicular assault and other charges after prosecutors said he was speeding when his car struck a 14-year-old girl who was distracted while video- chatting as she crossed a street, sending her to the hospital with fractures and internal injuries. Continue reading...

Mend ways, Trump tells U.N.

U.S. support is promised in brief talk

Subscriber onlyUNITED NATIONS -- President Donald Trump on Monday opened his first visit to the United Nations since taking office with a polite but firm call for the 72-year-old institution to overhaul itself and a veiled threat to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement. Continue reading...

U.S. to leave Paris pact, major allies told

Trump adviser unclear on how that could change, foreign officials say after huddle

Subscriber onlyUNITED NATIONS -- Gary Cohn, the top White House economic adviser, told ministers from several major allies Monday that President Donald Trump's administration was "unambiguous" about its plans to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change unless new terms were met. Continue reading...

Equifax shares said to draw crime probe

Sales before hack news cited as focus

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. Continue reading...

Final GOP sprint to ax health act gets a boost

Governor presses McCain to back it

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are making one last push to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but face significant challenges to get it done before a final deadline at the end of the month. Continue reading...

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