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Federal judge rejects move by South Florida water managers to end Everglades oversight

A judge rejected efforts by South Florida water managers to end federal oversight of Everglades water quality, telling their lawyers that it was “premature” given the recent election. U.S. District …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

California governor rebukes Trump in border troop withdrawal

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s withdrawing most of the state’s National Guard troops on the Mexico border because he won’t participate in the Trump administration’s “absurd theatrics” on border …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Lawmakers have deal to avert shutdown, they say

Key lawmakers announced a tentative deal late Monday that would avert another government shutdown at the end of the week while denying President Donald Trump much of the money he’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Dem apologizes for tweets vs pro-Israel group

Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has “unequivocally” apologized for tweets suggesting a powerful pro-Israel interest group paid members of Congress to support Israel. Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy …


Prosecutors seek new sentence in Laquan McDonald case

Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois’ highest court to review what they consider to be a too lenient sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan …


As Democratic field expands, Biden waits on the sidelines

Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline his first public event in about three weeks on Saturday– in Munich, Germany, nearly 5,000 miles from Iowa, site of the presidential campaign’s …


Denver teachers go on strike after failing to reach pay deal

DENVER – Denver teachers went on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay in the latest example of educator discontent, following a wave of walkouts …


More immigrants sue U.S. over end to protected status

Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States.


New Pentagon chief makes global debut with status uncertain

At an extraordinary moment in Pentagon history, a former business executive with little political stature and without military experience is making his international debut as the acting U.S. secretary of …


Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.


El Paso bristles at claim that wall made city safe

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said a “powerful barrier” had cut crime rates in El Paso. But many in this city of dusty desert winds …


Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

Revelations published Sunday, of years of sexual abuse perpetrated by hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders, have not only led to condemnation and calls for restructuring but have also pushed …


Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in U.S. pop culture

Blackface, other insensitivities had a part of 1980s pop culture before multiculturalism began changing racial sensibilities


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 10, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

Dems’ 2020 field now includes Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday joined the growing group of Democrats jostling to be president and positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field, …


Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren makes bid for the presidency official, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.”


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Former Green Beret facing murder charge for Afghan killing

In the largest battle in the history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Mathew Golsteyn watched to see if the man he believed was responsible for killing two U.S. Marines …


Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels to rival originals

As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea’s leader for a second time, he’s out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Leader of new climate panel talks of need for ‘bold action’

Florida Rep. Kathy Castor says she’s confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one the most daunting challenges facing the planet


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

Last year’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, prompted a number of states to pass “red flag” laws that allow law enforcement or family members to seek …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Ted Bundy’s murderous charm still polarizes, decades later

Thirty years after his death in Florida’s electric chair, serial killer Ted Bundy’s murderous charm continues to captivate and perplex


Virginia’s governor pledges to work toward racial healing

Virginia’s governor pledged to work at healing the state’s racial divide Saturday, even as calls mounted for the lieutenant governor to resign – capping an astonishing week that saw all …


Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and …


Descendants from last U.S. slave ship gathering in Alabama

The years have been hard on Africatown USA. Established by the last boatload of Africans abducted into slavery and shipped to the United States just before the Civil War, the …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Virginia governor’s No. 2 is hit with new sex allegations

Virginia’s state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won’t resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Booker taking 2020 campaign, social-justice message to Iowa

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker took a campaign message of social justice to Iowa, where he was visiting with black leaders and gay rights leaders Friday on his first trip …


Baby shot, critically wounded in parked car in Chicago

A 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head as he sat in the back seat of his grandmother’s SUV on Thursday evening on Chicago’s South Side was in critical …


6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure

Australian police arrested six people after what authorities said Friday was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia.


New Hampshire court upholds women’s topless conviction

In a 3-2 ruling Friday, the court decided that Laconia’s ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women’s right to free speech. In a dissenting …


Whitaker: I have ‘not interfered’ with Mueller investigation

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted on Friday that he had “not interfered” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his …