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Appeals court rules against Trump's revised travel ban

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has ruled against President Donald Trump's travel ban, upholding a nationwide injunction barring the administration from enforcing the executive order.

The ruling is the latest legal setback for Trump on the travel issue and, like several previous court rulings, the outcome rested heavily on his own words. ...Read more

As Trump wavers over Paris climate accord, European leaders give him an earful

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WASHINGTON -- With President Donald Trump balking on his vow to shred the Obama-negotiated Paris agreement on climate change, the last place the pact's staunch opponents wanted to see the president is where he will be this weekend -- meeting other world leaders unanimous in their warnings that withdrawal from the accord would seriously damage ...Read more

Trump stuns NATO leaders and reverts to scolding message of his campaign

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BRUSSELS -- President Donald Trump likely crushed anxious NATO allies' hopes for an uplifting message and full-throated endorsement of NATO's core missions Thursday.

Instead, Trump lectured the group for failing to live up to its financial obligations and leaving it to U.S. taxpayers to shoulder the organization's defense burden.

During a ...Read more

House committee expands investigation into NIH research hospital

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WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health is in hot water again with the House Energy and Commerce Committee over a scandal that occurred nearly two years ago at one of the agency's main research institutions.

On Thursday, the panel broadened its probe into safety and compliance issues at the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital ...Read more

What triggers rockfalls? Yosemite study shows it's about the heat

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When rocks get hot, they do what people do: shed a few layers.

That cautionary advice comes from geologists who are measuring the seasonal expansion and contraction of granite cliffs in the Sierra Nevada -- showing, in essence, how mountains become molehills.

And, if you happen to be underneath, flatten you.

"Cliffs move ...Read more

Senators make another bid to authorize war against ISIS

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WASHINGTON -- "When I voted in 2001 to authorize military force against the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks, I had no idea I would be authorizing armed conflict for more than fifteen years, and counting."

That's what Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday. The Arizona Republican was announcing yet another effort with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., to...Read more

GOP leaders careful on response to Gianforte assault charges

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan became the first Republican Party leader to address Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault on a reporter, saying, "There's never a call for physical assault."

Ryan told reporters Thursday that Gianforte should apologize for an incident that occurred the previous night in Bozeman, ...Read more

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket reaches space, but not orbit, in first test flight

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LOS ANGELES -- Small-satellite launch company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket made it to space but did not reach orbit in its first test flight, as the Huntington Beach firm and other small-rocket startups inch closer to commercial operations.

The Electron rocket lifted off at 9:20 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday from Rocket Lab's private ...Read more

Changes to visa program put foreign-born doctors in limbo

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WASHINGTON -- Just a few months ago, the future appeared promising and certain for Dr. Sunil Sreekumar Nair. A citizen of the United Kingdom, he was completing his residency in internal medicine at a Brooklyn hospital, and he had accepted a job in a hospital near Fort Smith, Ark., a rural area with a severe shortage of doctors.

Then the Trump ...Read more

At NATO celebration, Trump tells allies to spend more on defense

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BRUSSELS -- President Donald Trump used his first NATO meeting to rebuke member nations who fail to meet the trans-Atlantic alliance's defense spending target, saying American taxpayers unfairly are left to pick up the slack.

Speaking at dedication ceremonies for NATO's new headquarters, Trump noted that the defense budgets of 23 of the 28 ...Read more

Why some officials want to ban secret government settlements

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WASHINGTON -- Missouri has settled some expensive lawsuits this year. One case against the state's Department of Labor resulted in a $1.2 million settlement; another, against the Department of Social Services, was settled for $2 million. Other state agencies, including the departments of Conservation and Public Safety, have also settled cases.

...Read more

Gianforte endorsements rescinded after assault charge

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Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte lost multiple newspaper endorsements in Montana after he was cited for assault on the eve of Thursday's election.

Gianforte was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly threw Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground and punched him..

"In the past, he has encouraged his ...Read more

Manchester police make 'significant' arrests, criticize leaks

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LONDON -- The arrests of eight suspects still in custody on Thursday are "significant" in the investigation of the network behind the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

Hopkins said searches at several addresses in Manchester and other areas have yielded "very important" items ...Read more

What the DNA of the Zika virus tells scientists about its rapid spread

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A family tree can reveal a lot, especially if it belongs to a microscopic troublemaker with a knack for genetic shape-shifting.

DNA sleuthing can outline the route an emerging pathogen might take once it makes landfall in the Americas and encounters a wholly unprotected population. It's a modern take on old-fashioned public health surveillance ...Read more

Can Quist chart path for other Democrats to follow?

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While national Democrats compile lists of President Donald Trump's controversial statements, firings, and ties to Russia as ammunition for upcoming campaigns, Democrat Rob Quist is taking a different approach.

Though Quist's Republican opponent for Montana's at-large seat in Congress, businessman Greg Gianforte, is favored to win the special ...Read more

Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to reject 2nd Amendment claim by men who lost gun rights over nonviolent crimes

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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a 2nd Amendment claim that would restore the right to own a gun for two Pennsylvania men who were convicted more than 20 years ago of nonviolent crimes.

The case of Sessions vs. Binderup puts the new administration in a potentially awkward spot, considering ...Read more

Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016

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CHICAGO -- Chicago was the only city among the nation's 20 largest to lose population in 2016 -- and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

It's the city's third consecutive year of population loss. Chicago's population fell by 8,638 residents between 2015 ...Read more

What happens when states go hunting for welfare fraud

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WASHINGTON -- By the time Illinois decided to crack down on Medicaid fraud in 2012, state officials knew that many people enrolled in the program probably weren't eligible. For years, caseworkers hadn't had the time or resources to check.

To catch up, the state hired a private contractor to identify people who might not be eligible for the low-...Read more

Needless medical tests cost $200 billion, and can do harm

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It's common knowledge in medicine: Doctors routinely order tests on hospital patients that are unnecessary and wasteful. Sutter Health, a giant hospital chain in Northern California, thought it had found a simple solution.

The Sacramento-based health system deleted the button physicians used to order daily blood tests. "We took it out and ...Read more

Trump's historic arms deal is likely a jobs creator — in Saudi Arabia

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WASHINGTON -- In keeping with his campaign promise to put "America first," President Donald Trump framed a massive $110 billion arms deal signed with Saudi Arabia over the weekend as a historic agreement that would result in "jobs, jobs, jobs."

"That was a tremendous day," he said. "Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United...Read more


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