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GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Former WSU defensive lineman Robert Barber charged with assault

Former Washington State University football player Robert Barber, whose summertime melee and subsequent expulsion led to calls for the university to review its student conduct policy, now faces a felony …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Company that operated Idaho prison violated inmates’ rights, but no need to pay

A federal jury says private prison company CoreCivic had a long-standing custom of understaffing an Idaho prison, and that the company was deliberately indifferent to the risk of serious harm …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

White House defends contacts with FBI over Russia reports

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

Marijuana industry angered by White House reversal

The cannabis industry was rattled Thursday after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Department of Justice to increase enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational pot, even …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

At CPAC, Trump says his supporters are GOP’s future

In a freewheeling speech with echoes of his campaign rallies, President Donald Trump told a gathering of conservative activists Friday that the coalition of voters that narrowly put him in …


As Trump immigration crackdown comes into focus, anxiety grows along with anger

Cristina Reyes eyed her daughter toddling about on a patch of grass while waiting for the trolley that would take them to their Lynwood home. The 33-year-old has stuck to …


In California, plan to boost deportations worries some employers

The news that President Donald Trump ordered an aggressive crackdown on 11 million undocumented people sent a chill through immigrant communities. California businesses that employ lots of immigrants are shivering …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Trump’s top lieutenants bat down reports of tensions

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon appeared onstage together Thursday to jointly insist that everything is running smoothly in the nascent Trump …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

White nationalist leader booted from CPAC

One of America’s most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer, was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday after conference organizers gave him credentials to attend and then …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared by police

Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Indiana store sells winning $435 million Powerball ticket

Lottery officials say the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold at an Indiana convenience store. The Hoosier Lottery says the ticket was sold at …


Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as …


FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies

The so-called abortion pill – now dispensed only in clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices – should be made available by prescription in pharmacies across the U.S., according to a group …


White House may go it alone on health care replacement

The White House declined Wednesday to rule out that President Donald Trump will push his own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act rather than pursue one course with congressional …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017

GOP members of Congress, including McMorris Rodgers, face Trump foes back in district

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers did not attend a “town hall” event held in Spokane on Wednesday night that saw disaffected citizens criticizing her for her ties to President Donald Trump …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017

Most oil pipeline opponents leave North Dakota protest camp

Most of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017

Scientists discover 7 ‘Earthlike’ planets orbiting a nearby star

A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say. The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers …


Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry

In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations …


Trump’s immigration crackdown likely to bring lawsuit flood

President Donald Trump’s plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration’s …


Russia’s pension money for veterans could be linked to election hacking investigation

Hundreds of thousands of dollars flow every month from Russia to its former soldiers living in the United States, usually unseen and unchecked. But now U.S. investigators are examining whether …


Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart News

Milo Yiannopoulos, the conservative provocateur whose comments on race have been assailed by Democrats and Republicans alike, resigned Tuesday from his senior editor position at Breitbart News. In recent days, …


Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual teens, study says

Guess what? It did get better for gay, lesbian and bisexual high schoolers when the states they were growing up in changed their laws to allow same-sex marriage, a new …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s profile is on the rise

The turbulent early weeks of President Donald Trump’s White House have had an unexpected side effect: boosting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s national profile, propelling him into the discussion as a …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

U.S. to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to …


Supreme Court weighs case of Mexican boy slain across border

Sixty feet and the U.S-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head early on a …


Sharp increase in missing drugs at some VA hospitals

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees …


Trump tries to move past controversies, toward legislating

As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017

Thousands of demonstrators across US say ‘Not My President’

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President’s Day. The events on the federal holiday didn’t …


In trip to Brussels, Pence tries soothing anxious leaders with pro-EU message

Vice President Mike Pence assured nervous European leaders Monday that the Trump administration is committed to “cooperation and partnership” with the European Union, in a bid to quiet fears that …