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McCain, as he battles brain cancer: 'I'll be back soon'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain on Thursday promised to return to work, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues who were jolted by news of the…

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Thursday 07/20/2017
CBO: GOP health bill adds 22 million uninsured
icon Posted: 20 July 2017 [08:06 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - A revised Republican health care bill would drive up the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday in a report unlikely to help GOP leaders persuade their party’s senators…

Wednesday 07/19/2017
At least a dozen arrested in MS-13 gang killings
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:16 PM]

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - At least a dozen alleged members of the MS-13 street gang have been arrested on murder charges following a spate of bloodshed that included the massacre of four young men in a Long Island park…

Trump questions motive of states not turning over voter data
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:16 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned the motives of states that have refused to comply with his voter fraud commission’s request for extensive personal voter information, suggesting they have something to hide. “One has to wonder what…

Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:12 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his office said in a statement Wednesday. The 80-year-old Republican has glioblastoma, an aggressive…

Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:11 PM]

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting…

Army general among Thais convicted of human trafficking
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:10 PM]

BANGKOK (AP) - A Thai army general was one of dozens of people found guilty Wednesday in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. Lt. Gen. Manas Kongpaen was convicted…

Trump exhorts Senate to pass Obamacare repeal
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:10 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an “Obamacare” repeal bill to sign. “I’m ready to…

House panel moves ahead on budget with hopes for tax reform
icon Posted: 19 July 2017 [10:09 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - A key House panel on Wednesday took a critical first step toward enabling Republicans to revise the tax code, kicking off a daylong debate over a GOP budget that slashes safety net programs for the poor while…

Tuesday 07/18/2017
Saudi woman arrested for wearing miniskirt
icon Posted: 18 July 2017 [07:25 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A Saudi woman has been arrested for defying the kingdom’s strict dress code by walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage. The woman, whose name was…

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iranians but nuclear deal still stands
icon Posted: 18 July 2017 [07:24 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration slapped 18 Iranian individuals and groups with sanctions Tuesday for aiding the country’s non-nuclear weapons programs, in a bid to show that President Donald Trump is staying tough on Iran despite his moves to…

Fentanyl suspected in death of 10 year old
icon Posted: 18 July 2017 [07:20 PM]

MIAMI (AP) - A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida’s littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities said Tuesday. But how he came in contact with the…

Police shooting of Australian woman leaves family shocked
icon Posted: 18 July 2017 [07:19 PM]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An Australian woman who called 911 to report what she believed to be an active sexual assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in a case that has left many relatives and neighbors searching…

Senate health care bill fails; Trump denies responsibility
icon Posted: 18 July 2017 [07:12 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it’s time to “let Obamacare fail” after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party…

Unions approve package to help state budget
icon Posted: 18 July 2017 [07:10 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Unionized state employees overwhelmingly approved a labor concessions package that’s projected to save $1.5 billion over two years, but made it clear Tuesday they believe Connecticut’s wealthiest should also step up and help solve the budget crisis.…

Monday 07/17/2017
Jordanian gets life for killing 3 US troops
icon Posted: 17 July 2017 [09:47 PM]

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - A Jordanian soldier was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of killing three U.S. military trainers last year, but some said questions lingered about his motive for the shooting at a Jordanian air…

Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell
icon Posted: 17 July 2017 [09:45 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Julian Senn-Raemont isn’t convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad’s plan in a couple of years - no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap…

Professor: US student jailed in Iran 'innocent'
icon Posted: 17 July 2017 [09:42 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A Chinese-American graduate student at Princeton sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for allegedly “infiltrating” the country and sending confidential material abroad is innocent of all charges against him, his professor said…

Sunday 07/16/2017
McConnell delays vote on health care after McCain surgery
icon Posted: 16 July 2017 [09:26 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to delay consideration of health care legislation in the Senate, after Sen. John McCain’s announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation. McConnell’s decision amounted to…

Feds appeal judge's travel ban ruling
icon Posted: 16 July 2017 [09:26 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson…

Venezuelan opposition holds protest vote
icon Posted: 16 July 2017 [09:25 PM]

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Chanting “freedom!” and waving their country’s tri-color flag, thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the county on Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that’s…

Macron: My charm offensive may soften Trump's climate stance
icon Posted: 16 July 2017 [09:25 PM]

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on Donald Trump was carefully calculated - and may have changed the U.S. president’s mind about climate change. Macron defended his outreach to Trump, whose “America first”…

Saturday 07/15/2017
Rival groups clash in Syria's rebel-packed Idlib
icon Posted: 15 July 2017 [03:34 PM]

BEIRUT - Clashes have broken out in northwestern Syria between two of the most powerful insurgent groups there raising fears of widespread violence in the rebel-held province of Idlib, the groups and an opposition monitor said Saturday. The fighting between…

Cosby trial spectator sentenced for posting online video
icon Posted: 15 July 2017 [03:32 PM]

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A spectator who posted photos and audio online from the closing argument of Bill Cosby's criminal defense attorney has been found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 50 hours’ community service. Montgomery County President Judge…

White House says budget deficit to be $99B higher this year
icon Posted: 15 July 2017 [03:28 PM]

WASHINGTON - The White House says worsening tax revenues will cause the budget deficit to jump to $702 billion this year. That's a $99 billion spike from what was predicted less than two months ago. The report from the Office…

White House pitches health bill to skeptical US governors
icon Posted: 15 July 2017 [03:26 PM]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

Friday 07/14/2017
State, local officials to now focus on ways to improve rails
icon Posted: 14 July 2017 [02:35 PM]

HARTFORD - With the contentious proposal for high-speed rail through shoreline Connecticut communities off the table, state and local officials expect to now focus on locally acceptable ways to upgrade the congested line and plan for the future. “I…

Hong Kong court disqualifies 4 over oath taking
icon Posted: 14 July 2017 [02:29 PM]

HONG KONG (AP) - A Hong Kong court on Friday disqualified four opposition lawmakers from office for having turned their oath-taking into apparent protests against Beijing, further entrenching the central government’s hold over the legislature. The Chinese territory’s Court of…

France gives pride of place to the U.S. for its Bastille Day
icon Posted: 14 July 2017 [02:28 PM]

PARIS (AP) - French president Emmanuel Macron went all out Friday to seduce and impress President Donald Trump, and beyond him the whole American people, for France’s annual Bastille Day, making this day of national pride also a celebration of…

Judge in Hawaii hands Trump latest defeat
icon Posted: 14 July 2017 [02:24 PM]

HONOLULU (AP) - In another setback for President Donald Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii has further weakened his already diluted travel ban by vastly expanding the list of family relationships with U.S. citizens that visa applicants can use to…

senate-committee-to-call-manafort Senate committee to call Manafort
icon Posted: 14 July 2017 [02:08 PM]

WASHINGTON - New Britain, Conn., native Paul Manafort will be summoned before the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning about the government’s enforcement…

Thursday 07/13/2017
Top U.S. diplomat wraps up Gulf tour
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:44 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The top U.S. diplomat wrapped up his first foray in shuttle diplomacy on Thursday with little sign of progress in breaking a deadlock between Qatar and four Arab neighbors that are isolating it. U.S.…

Trump, Macron look past differences on climate pact
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:43 PM]

PARIS (AP) - President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron set aside lingering differences on climate change during their meeting in France on Thursday, asserting that it shouldn’t prevent them from working together toward a post-war roadmap for Syria…

U.S. charging 412 in health fraud schemes
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:40 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday. Sessions called the collective action the “largest…

New McConnell healthcare bill contains plan sought by Ted Cruz
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:39 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new but…

U.S. governors meet to discuss challenges facing their states
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:36 PM]

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - More than half of U.S. governors are meeting this week to discuss the biggest challenges facing their states. Those include the possibility of major changes to Medicaid and states’ health insurances marketplaces under the Republican health…

Lobster season slow, prices holding steady
icon Posted: 13 July 2017 [07:35 PM]

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - New England’s summer lobster season is off to a slow start, but consumers are paying a little bit less for the critters than they were a year ago. The annual summer boom in lobster catch has…

Wednesday 07/12/2017
Sudan freezes negotiations with US
icon Posted: 12 July 2017 [08:19 PM]

CAIRO (AP) - Sudan on Wednesday announced it was freezing negotiations with the United States in retaliation for the Trump administration’s move to postpone permanently lifting U.S. sanctions on the African country. Earlier, Washington said it wanted more time to…

Anti-Qatar bloc meets U.S. envoy
icon Posted: 12 July 2017 [08:11 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up talks with the king of Saudi Arabia and other officials from Arab countries lined up against Qatar on Wednesday with no sign of a breakthrough in…

Congressional GOP shrugs off Trump Jr. email scandal
icon Posted: 12 July 2017 [08:10 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Emails released by President Donald Trump’s eldest son detailing communications with Russians have provoked a collective shrug from many Republicans in Congress. Scant new concern was evident from Republican leadership on down, despite the revelation of an…

FBI nominee: Trump-Russia probe is not a 'witch hunt'
icon Posted: 12 July 2017 [08:08 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Breaking with the president, the lawyer Donald Trump picked to lead the FBI declared Wednesday that he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a “witch…

Feds rethink high-speed rail plan in Conn., RI
icon Posted: 12 July 2017 [08:07 PM]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Federal officials are rethinking a plan to build new high-speed railroad tracks through parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island after complaints that the project would devastate neighborhoods, marshlands and tourist attractions. The Federal Railroad Administration dropped the…

Senate panel to question ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
icon Posted: 12 July 2017 [08:06 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to question the former chairman of the Trump campaign and will subpoena him if necessary, the panel’s Republican chairman said Wednesday. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he and the committee’s top…

Tuesday 07/11/2017
16 dead after Marine plane crash in Mississippi
icon Posted: 11 July 2017 [08:24 PM]

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Investigators picked through debris across a fire-blackened soybean field Tuesday to try to determine why a U.S. military plane slammed into the ground, killing all 16 people aboard in the deadliest Marine crash anywhere in…

Senate Republicans prepare to unveil revised health care bill
icon Posted: 11 July 2017 [08:23 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans will unveil their revised health care bill Thursday and begin voting on it next week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. He said he would delay the chamber’s August recess for two weeks as the…

Emails: Trump Jr. embraced campaign help said to be from Kremlin
icon Posted: 11 July 2017 [08:21 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. eagerly accepted help from what was described to him as a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to emails he released publicly on Tuesday. The…

Monday 07/10/2017
Iraqi PM declares 'total victory' in Mosul
icon Posted: 10 July 2017 [08:15 PM]

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory Monday evening over the Islamic State in Mosul after nearly nine months of grueling combat to drive the militants out of Iraq’s second-largest city. “We announce the total victory…

Tillerson aims to ease Qatar crisis with shuttle diplomacy
icon Posted: 10 July 2017 [08:14 PM]

KUWAIT CITY (AP) - The Trump administration tossed aside its aversion to mediating a weeks-long Persian Gulf dispute Monday, as the top U.S. diplomat flew to the region hoping to corral Qatar and its neighbors into negotiation. The new approach…

Survey: U.S. uninsured up by 2 million this year
icon Posted: 10 July 2017 [08:13 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what’s at stake…

Commuter complaints few as Penn Station repairs begin
icon Posted: 10 July 2017 [08:12 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of commuters heading into New York on Monday faced adjustments - some annoying, some time consuming - on the first day of two months of repairs at the country’s busiest train station, which Gov. Andrew…