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GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

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WASHINGTON -- Fiscal restraint has long been part of the Republican Party's brand, but GOP lawmakers have made little progress on reducing the amount of money the federal government spends. And frankly, they're sick of it.

That's the impetus for what has become a serious push by rank-and-file House Republicans to use the budget reconciliation ...Read more

Yellen's future at Fed resisted by Trump aides wanting new blood

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WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's candidacy for another term is encountering resistance from some Trump administration advisers who want a new leader at the U.S. central bank, according to two administration officials, even as the Treasury secretary indicated she may still be in the running.

While White House officials are ...Read more

Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Despite initial relief among Georgia's 6th District residents that the barrage of campaign ads has come to an end, the reprieve might not last too long.

"Now we know what New Hampshire looks like," said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia.

The question is, with 2018 just around the corner, will this year's ...Read more

Judge tosses cartoonist's claims he was defamed by LA Times

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LOS ANGELES -- A judge on Wednesday threw out key parts of a defamation and wrongful termination lawsuit brought against the Los Angeles Times by freelance cartoonist Ted Rall.

The nationally syndicated cartoonist, whose work once appeared regularly in the Times, filed suit last year alleging that the newspaper defamed him by calling into ...Read more

California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

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A record-breaking heat wave that has been roasting California for days has claimed the lives of two seniors in San Jose, public health officials said Wednesday.

A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died from heat-related illnesses Monday, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Days of punishing heat probably ...Read more

Richer India empowers women but ranks of baby girls barely budge

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MUMBAI, India -- A richer India is bringing more cellphones, bank accounts and schooling to women but other signs of female advancement in the $2 trillion economy remain patchy, including the most basic: births.

First, the good news. Education levels among women have risen in the past 10 years, according to the government's National Family ...Read more

Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

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NEW YORK -- At this time of year, demand for gasoline in the U.S. is normally rising as people head out for summer vacations in a country that has millions more vehicles than any other. But that's not happening in 2017, and one contributing factor could be that undocumented immigrants are driving less.

Part of the blame for the slowdown may be ...Read more

Ex-Milwaukee cop found not guilty in fatal shooting that sparked violent unrest

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MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty Wednesday in the on-duty fatal shooting of Sylville Smith that set off two days of violent unrest last year in parts of the Sherman Park neighborhood.

The verdict drew an emotional reaction in the courtroom, prompting the judge to clear the jury from the ...Read more

Ex-Milwaukee cop found not guilty in fatal shooting that sparked violent unrest

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MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was found not guilty Wednesday in an on-duty fatal shooting that set off two days of violent unrest last year.

Heaggan-Brown, 25, had been on trial since June 12 for the shooting of Sylville Smith.

The verdict drew an emotional reaction in the courtroom, prompting Milwaukee ...Read more

Record crowd attends as press beats Congress members in women's softball game

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WASHINGTON -- Between the large crowds, record-breaking fundraising, a heroic first pitch, bipartisanship throughout the stadium and the game itself, it was hard to pinpoint just one takeaway at Wednesday's Congressional Women's Softball Game.

The press team, known as the Bad News Babes, won the ninth annual game, 2-1, against the members of ...Read more

Trump says immigrants shouldn't receive welfare for five years

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he'll propose legislation that would ban U.S. immigrants from receiving any welfare benefits for five years.

"I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a ...Read more

FDA ruling on Aussie biotech could boost congressman's investment

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WASHINGTON -- An Australian biotech company whose largest shareholder is a U.S. congressman has the greenlight to begin human trials in the U.S. for a drug to treat advanced multiple sclerosis.

The Food and Drug Administration's decision is the first step in a long approval process demonstrating a new drug's safety and effectiveness before ...Read more

Trump on lack of Democratic support: 'Who cares?!'

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Back on the road in Iowa on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump at a campaign-style rally signaled he is unconcerned with garnering Democratic support on legislation and warned foes they are "lucky" his supporters are not the protesting kind.

The president returned to the combative and provocative style he used during the 2016 GOP primary ...Read more

In mostly desert Afghanistan, Pentagon may have wasted $28 million on 'forest' uniforms

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon may have wasted as much as $28 million buying pricy forest-camouflage uniforms for Afghan troops that don't make sense in the largely desert country, according to a new government watchdog report.

The Defense Department bought more expensive, proprietary "woodland patterns" for the Afghan National Army uniforms ...Read more

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Russia cancels talks with US over latest round of sanctions

WASHINGTON -- Russia canceled talks with a top U.S. official to protest the latest sanctions punishing Russian companies and individuals over the conflict in Ukraine, in a fresh setback for President Donald Trump's bid to improve ties with President Vladimir Putin's government.

Under ...Read more

Flynn may have aided Russian company the US opposed

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WASHINGTON -- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have aided a Russian company the U.S. government opposed during a 2015 visit to Saudi Arabia in which he pushed to be part of an ambitious nuclear-power project, raising new questions about his previously undisclosed trip.

Flynn reportedly made the trip -- which was not reported ...Read more

Trump reports growing income from South Florida businesses

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump's income from his South Florida clubs has soared since the real estate mogul became commander in chief, according to his financial disclosures.

Trump's combined income reported from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and his golf clubs in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Doral has doubled to $191 ...Read more

Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns; board says he's putting company first

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Travis Kalanick never ran away from a fight. When cities challenged the legality of his ride-hailing service, he ordered drivers to continue picking up passengers. When competitors complained about his tactics, he lowered prices and tried to poach their drivers. He even got into a spat -- caught on video -- with one of his own ...Read more

Gang revolt at Florida prison injures 7 corrections officers

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MIAMI--Tensions among gang members at a state prison in Florida's Panhandle exploded Wednesday morning, as the inmates took over several dorms, injuring seven correctional officers, officials said.

The uprising happened about 8 a.m. and spread across several dorms before it was brought under control about a half-hour later, according to ...Read more

Kushner begins shuttle diplomacy in Israel, West Bank in search of peace breakthrough

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Presidential adviser Jared Kushner waded into the nitty-gritty of Middle East peace mediation for the first time Wednesday, as the Trump administration seemed to lower expectations for a swift breakthrough by emphasizing that "peace will take time."

The son-in-law of President Donald Trump, who has been tasked with ...Read more

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