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U.S. senator says no ill will, intent behind ‘hanging’ remark

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi said during a debate with her African-American Democratic opponent Tuesday night that she apologizes to people who were offended when she complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her.

Pentagon says troops at U.S. border to cost about $210 million

Using thousands of military troops to help secure the Southwest border will cost an estimated $210 million under current plans, the Pentagon told Congress on Tuesday, even as questions arose about the scope and duration of the controversial mission.

Government questions unfair student loan practices

One of the nation’s largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans.

Trump provides written responses to Mueller questions

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It’s the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation.

2 kids, 2 adults dead in arson fire at mansion

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Multiple people were found dead Tuesday at a mansion that caught fire near the New Jersey shore and is owned by a tech company executive, hours after a blaze also broke out at the house of a relative, officials said.

Trump says no new Saudi punishment for Khashoggi murder

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Congress to probe Ivanka Trump’s private email use in WH

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill will be scrutinizing Ivanka Trump’s personal email use in the White House in light of new revelations that she sent hundreds of messages about government business from that account last year.

U.S. judge stalls enforcement of Trump asylum restrictions

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

A judge has ordered the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally, another court setback for the Trump administration’s efforts to impose new immigration restrictions without congressional approval.

Gunman opens fire at Chicago hospital, wounds at least 4

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

A gunman opened fire Monday at a Chicago hospital, killing a police officer and two hospital employees after a domestic dispute exploded into a firefight with SWAT team members inside the medical center, authorities said.

White House to fully restore CNN reporter’s pass

The Trump administration will fully restore Jim Acosta’s White House credentials, but has warned the CNN reporter that he must follow a series of rules at future news conferences.

Man who strangled wife, killed his 2 girls sentenced to life

A man who strangled his pregnant wife and suffocated their two young daughters wanted to escape his marriage and growing family, prosecutors said Monday as a judge imposed a sentence of life without parole as part of a plea deal that kept the killer from facing the death penalty.