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UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 3:01 p.m.

Watchdog report: Failed VA leadership put patients at risk

“Failed leadership” at the Department of Veterans Affairs during the Obama years put patients at a major hospital at risk, an internal probe finds – another blow to Secretary David …


Court keeps ban on new mining claims around Grand Canyon

A U.S. appeals court has kept in place an Obama administration ban on new mining claims around the Grand Canyon.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes

House Republicans on Tuesday launched new probes into the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s emails, prompting accusations from Democrats who said the moves were meant as a “massive diversion” from …


Trump to bash Iran on non-nuke issues in decertifying deal

President Donald Trump plans to deliver a broad and harsh critique of Iran in a speech Friday declaring that the landmark Iran nuclear deal is not in America’s national security …


Ryan says bump stocks should be addressed by regulation

House Speaker Paul Ryan says bump stocks – devices that can effectively turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons – should be addressed through a regulatory change.


Osama bin Laden worried that Iran put tracking chip in sons

In its final hours, the Obama administration released the last of three installments of documents belonging Osama bin Laden that were collected during the raid on his compound in Abbottabad, …


Obama’s EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will …


Tennis, sailing or spying? US shuts 2 Russian compounds

Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration Friday in …


Obama plan would bar new mining to protect chest-puffing grouse

The Obama administration teed up plans to block hard-rock mining on as much as 10 million acres in the western U.S. to protect the greater sage grouse, setting up a …


Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths

The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years – even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally …


Obama administration announces added $60 million to fight Zika

Some $60 million will soon flow to states, cities and territories to fight the Zika virus, White House officials announced Thursday.


U.S.: Up to 116 civilians killed in drone, other air attacks

The White House said Friday that as many as 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since President Barack Obama took …


Obama administration decries judge’s fracking ruling

The Obama administration on Wednesday decried a ruling by a federal judge that blocks rules for hydraulic fracturing, saying the decision prevents regulators from using “21st-century standards” to ensure that …


Transgender public school students may use bathroom of choice, U.S. directive says

Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between …


White House to distribute $90 million for apprenticeships

The Obama administration says it’ll distribute $90 million this year to help states expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.


Officials say Guantanamo transfers have killed Americans

Americans have been killed by prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Obama administration official told lawmakers Wednesday, triggering sharp criticism from Republicans opposed to …


Cuba plans to lift penalty on U.S. dollar, demands embargo end

Cuba’s government said Thursday it plans to do away with a penalty on converting U.S. dollars, but warned the Obama administration not to expect more changes until the U.S. trade …


New produce safety rules aim to prevent illness outbreaks

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration wants you to eat your fruits and vegetables. They also want the produce to be safe. Long-awaited rules announced Friday by the Food and Drug …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 8:21 p.m.

Eight counties, Colville Tribe getting disaster aid for wildfires

Some counties and the Colville tribe will get disaster aid to cover part of the costs of this summer’s historic wildfires.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 15, 2015, 4:47 p.m.

Inadvertently released DHS email reveals ongoing profiling near the border

An internal email from a Department of Homeland Security lawyer is raising questions about the ongoing use of ethnic profiling by local police against immigrants, despite an Obama administration effort …


Treasury moves up debt limit deadline to Nov. 3 and warns of default risk

The Treasury Department said Thursday that Congress must raise the debt limit by Nov. 3 or the federal government risks default.


Obama Administration dials back goal for health law sign-ups

WASHINGTON — With sign-up season launching this weekend, the Obama administration sharply dialed down expectations Monday for the second year of the president’s push to provide health insurance for all …


Congress looks at Justice’s marijuana decision

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug.


Wolf ban could be lifted

Ending federal protections for gray wolves could hinder dispersal of the keystone predators west of the Cascades, slowing or halting them from recolonizing suitable habitat in Western Washington and Oregon, …


Administration proposes dropping wolf protections

The Obama administration on Friday will propose lifting most of the remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of …


Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

CHICAGO — Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington’s laws legalizing recreational …


Out & About: Obama gun frenzy pays conservation dividend

Obama gun flap boosts habitat OUTTAX – State fish and wildlife agencies across the country are direct beneficiaries of the unprecedented spike in firearms sales spurred by President Obama’s 2008 …


US trade panel finds harm from China solar panels

WASHINGTON — A federal trade panel found China responsible today for harming the U.S. solar panel industry, clearing the final hurdle for U.S. attempts to impose steep tariffs on Chinese …


Interior sets new rules on hydraulic fracturing

The Obama administration is requiring companies drilling for natural gas on public and Indian lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.


Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said today in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as …