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GOP holdouts leave health care bill's fate in doubt ahead of House showdown

The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan and backed by President Donald Trump hung in the balance Wednesday, as the White House signaled at the 11th hour a willingness to rework the measure to mollify conservatives. After insisting for weeks that the changes...

5 dead in London vehicle and knife attack, including police officer, attacker; 40 hurt

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others...

Ex-Colo. GOP leader said only Democrats committed voter fraud. Now he's charged with voter fraud.

The 2016 election was just a month away when Steve Curtis, a conservative radio host and former Colorado Republican Party chairman, devoted an entire episode of his morning talk show to the heated topic of voter fraud. "It seems to me," Curtis said in the 42-minute segment, "that virtually every...

Parents of boy shot in the head cleaned up evidence before calling 911: police

The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience." Wendy Lavarnia told police that her 2-year-old son found a gun ...

GOP holdouts leave health care bill's fate in doubt ahead of House showdown

The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan and backed by President Trump hung in the balance Wednesday, as the White House signaled at the 11th hour a willingness to rework the measure to mollify conservatives. After insisting for weeks that the changes sought by...

Britons denounce Donald Trump Jr.'s attack on London mayor

Donald Trump Jr. took a break on Wednesday from defending his father's agenda on Twitter to weigh in on the attack outside the British Parliament that left four people dead, including a police officer and the alleged assailant. The president's oldest child took aim at Sadiq Khan, the mayor of ...

Gorsuch to Democrats: No return to 'horse and buggy days'

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrapped up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in ...

Police officer, 3 others killed in northern Wisconsin; suspect in custody

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where...

Secret Service sought $60 million extra for Trump travel and protection, documents show

The U.S. Secret Service requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year, offering the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the unusually complicated lifestyle of the Trump family, according to internal agency documents ...

5 dead in London vehicle and knife attack, including police officer, attacker; 40 hurt

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 ...

House intel chairman, top Democrat clash over Trump surveillance revelations

U.S. intelligence agencies inadvertently intercepted communications involving the Trump transition team late last year, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday, a disclosure that President Trump said “somewhat” vindicated his claim that he was wiretapped by ...

GOP health care plan, facing conservative revolt, lacks the votes for House passage

The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan and backed by President Donald Trump suffered a significant setback Wednesday, as personal appeals by both the president and vice president failed to sway conservatives to back the bill. In a last-ditch effort to...

Police: White sword killer went to New York to attack black people

A white U.S. Army veteran from Baltimore bent on making a racist attack took a bus to New York, the "media capital of the world," randomly picked out a black man who was collecting bottles on the street and killed him with a sword, police said Wednesday. James Harris Jackson turned himself in at...

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch parries Democrats' questioning on abortion, special education

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was wrapping up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court ...

Supreme Court decision strengthens rights for learning-disabled students, rejecting lower standard set by Gorsuch

A unanimous Supreme Court strengthened the rights of nearly 7 million schoolchildren with disabilities Wednesday, and did so by rejecting a lower standard set by Judge Neil Gorsuch. The ruling, one of the most important of this term, came as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is wrapping ...

Police officer, at least 2 others shot in northern Wisconsin

A police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Thursday, investigators said. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT ...

4 dead in London vehicle and knife attack, including police officer, attacker; 20 hurt

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Four people were killed, including the attacker, and about 20...

House intel chairman: Trump's communications may have been caught in 'incidental collection'

Communications of Donald Trump's transition officials — possibly including the incoming president himself — may have been scooped up in legal surveillance but then improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said ...

South Korea starts raising ferry that sank in 2014, killing 304 people

South Korean workers on Wednesday began the difficult process of raising a 6,800-ton ferry that sank in 2014, killing more than 300 people and triggering a public uproar that contributed to the recent ouster of Park Geun-hye as president. The salvaging operation began after hours of preparations...

U.S. investigating airstrike in Syria that activists say killed civilians in school

The U.S. military said Wednesday that it was investigating claims that it had bombed a school in northern Syria where activists said dozens of civilians had been killed. The strike, which hit a building in the rural north of Raqqa province, marked the second time in a week that U.S. forces have...

U.K. minister: Man shot by police at British Parliament

The leader of Britain's House of Commons says a man has been shot by police at Parliament. David Liddington also said there were "reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity." London's police said officers had been called to a firearms incident on Westminster Bridge, near the parliament....

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch unscathed facing last day of hearings

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his confirmation hearing — and his final day of testimony — largely unscathed by Democratic attacks, as Republicans confidently predict he will win Senate approval despite liberal opposition. A growing number of Democrats, ...

GOP leaders boost pressure as health bill crunch time nears

President Donald Trump and House leaders revved up pressure Wednesday on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch time approaches on the party's health care overhaul bill, a drive GOP leaders concede they can't afford to lose. A day before the House planned votes on the ...

Ex-pharmacy exec acquitted of murder in meningitis outbreak

The co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of causing the deaths of 25 people but convicted of other racketeering charges in a nationwide meningitis outbreak in 2012. Barry Cadden was charged with 25 counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy and other charges under the...

Orlando nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

A personal injury attorney representing some of the families and survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they were able to stop Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court...

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort worked for oligarch to benefit Putin government: documents

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics,...

GOP leaders boost pressure as health bill crunch time nears

President Donald Trump and House leaders are revving up pressure on balky conservatives and other Republican lawmakers as crunch time approaches on the party's health care overhaul bill, a drive GOP leaders concede they can't afford to lose. A day before the House planned votes on the measure,...

Study: drivers less likely to brake for African American pedestrians

A new study appears to offer additional evidence that drivers are less likely to brake for African-American pedestrians trying to cross the street, a phenomenon known as "walking while black." Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas also found that the disparity is greater depending...

Dozens dead or missing from airstrike in Islamic State-held north Syria

Syrian activists said Wednesday that dozens of people were killed or missing after an airstrike the day before leveled a school near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa where displaced families had sought refuge. The activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said some 50 families had been...

Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue. It's yet another inconvenience in the name...

Supreme Court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch enters the third day of his confirmation hearing — and his final day of testimony — largely unscathed by Democratic attacks, as Republicans confidently predict he will win Senate approval despite liberal opposition. A growing number of Democrats, ...

North Korea's latest missile test ends in failure, South Korea says

North Korea's latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday as the United States sent a supersonic bomber streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force against the North, officials said. The reported launch failure comes as the North angrily reacts to ongoing annual U.S.-South Korean...

Trump's first foreign trip will be to Brussels for NATO meeting in May, White House says

The White House has announced what is expected to be President Donald Trump's first foreign trip. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the president will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on May 25 for a meeting with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization heads of state. NATO Secretary General Jens ...

Lots of smoke but no fire yet in U.S.-Russia investigation

Roger Stone, a pugilistic Republican political operative who cut his teeth under President Nixon, didn’t attend Monday’s dramatic congressional hearing into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race, but he played a starring role anyway. Democrats took turns suggesting the ...

North Korea's latest missile test ends in failure, South Korea says

South Korea's just-ousted president returned home early Wednesday after being grilled by prosecutors in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail. The questioning of Park Geun-hye came 11 days after the Constitutional Court ...

LAPD says Latinos are reporting fewer sexual assaults amid immigration fears

Reports of sexual assaults and domestic violence among Los Angeles' Latino population have plummeted since the beginning of the year, amid fears that immigrants in the country illegally could face deportation if they interact with police or appear in court, the city's police chief said Tuesday....

Documents show Trump aide laundered payments from pro-Moscow party, Ukrainian lawmaker alleges

New corruption allegations lodged in Ukraine against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, have thrust Manafort back into the forefront of ongoing scrutiny over whether the Trump team coordinated with the Russian government to influence the U.S. election. The ...

Trump warns reluctant House members to pass health plan, but many still firmly opposed

President Trump spent Tuesday selling the Republican health-care overhaul to skeptical House members, warning his party that failure would endanger his legislative agenda and their own political careers. But more than two dozen GOP lawmakers remained firmly opposed to the legislation amid the ...

Trump's Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire in underage sex abuse case

There was once a time - before the investigations, before the sexual abuse conviction - when rich and famous men loved to hang around with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire money manager who loved to party. They visited his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. They flew on his jet to join him at his ...

Senate votes to allow trapping, baiting and aerial shooting of Alaska grizzlies, wolves

The Senate voted Tuesday to abolish a rule restricting specific hunting practices on national wildlife refuges in Alaska - including trapping, baiting and aerial shooting - on the grounds that state officials should be able to set the terms for wildlife conservation on public land within their...

Uber vows to become a more humane company

Uber is vowing to head down a new road and become a more humane company following a wave of ugly developments, including allegations of rampant sexual harassment and a video of a profanity-laced confrontation between the ride-hailing company's CEO and a disgruntled driver.The pledge came in a ...

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at far-right news sites

Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say. ...

Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governors race

Facebook users beware: that headline on the politically related news article you're reading — including this one — may not be real. An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for ...

Trump's border wall will require fight to take private land

The order has been issued for the immediate construction of a Mexico border wall. The specs have been outlined: 30 feet high and "aesthetically pleasing." The next thing on President Donald Trump's to-do list for building his "big, beautiful wall": hire more lawyers for a long and expensive ...

U.S. stocks take biggest loss of year amid concerns over Trump's agenda

U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in five months Tuesday as a health care bill backed by President Donald Trump ran into trouble in Congress, which raised some questions about his agenda of faster economic growth spurred on by lower taxes and cuts in regulations. Banks plunged as bond ...

Fact check: Trump's claim of fleeing doctors rings false

Making the case for a Republican repeal and replacement of his predecessor's health care law, President Donald Trump reached for a dire-sounding argument that's unsupported by the data. "Many of our best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Obamacare," Trump told...

McConnell rejects Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid, medical research

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday shot down prospects for major parts of President Donald Trump's budget, rejecting proposed cuts to foreign aid and medical research. "Every president sends up a budget, and with all due respect to the current president, I can't recall any time in...

Gorsuch: Trump's attacks on judges 'disheartening,' 'demoralizing'

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he's made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he'll vote on abortion or other issues and testified he'll have no trouble as a justice holding anyone accountable, including the president who picked him. Gorsuch also called ...

French minister resigns over investigation into daughters' jobs

French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux resigned Tuesday a few hours after prosecutors opened an investigation into a report that he hired his two daughters for a series of temporary parliamentary jobs, starting when they were 15 and 16 years old. President Francois Hollande said he had accepted...

Airline industry expects record number of passengers this spring

In a recent spring travel forecast, Airlines for America expects a record number of passengers to fly in March and April. The industry association is anticipating 145 million fliers, or about 2.4 million people per day, during the school vacation period - a 4 percent rise from last year. To meet...