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To combat hunger, Venezuelans in the U.S. ship food to relatives

While video chatting with relatives in Venezuela, Tere Caicedo watched as they opened a package she had sent them stuffed with clothes, shoes and a large bag of oatmeal. The bag had ripped during transport, spilling oatmeal all over. Caicedo, a Santa Ana resident who cleans houses for a living,...

As monuments to the Confederacy are removed from public squares, new ones are quietly being erected

Annette Pernell, a council member in this Texas town, was aghast when she heard about plans to construct a Confederate memorial that would be visible from the interstate and loom over Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. But there was nothing she or anybody else could do about it. The land was private....

Foraging for food, water and hope: Puerto Ricans cope with lingering devastation of Hurricane Maria

Joel Cotto and Jesús González picked up their fishing nets after a full day at a lake in Cidra, Puerto Rico, feeling good about their bucket full of shrimp and fish known as chopas. The friends said they had become fishermen after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Sept. 20 because food had...

Kelly might not be like Trump, but he seems like many Trump voters

In the roughly three months since President Trump chose John F. Kelly as his second chief of staff, observers have puzzled over the retired Marine general's occasional scowls and downcast gazes, wondering whether he and Trump, with such different styles and backgrounds, perhaps weren't working...

The fate of room No. 32135 at Mandalay Bay hotel and other properties involved in mass shootings

MGM Resorts has announced that it does not plan to rent out the room where gunman Stephen Paddock stayed. Here's what happened to other places where mass shootings have taken place.

Appeals court delays abortion for immigrant held in federal detention

A divided federal appeals court delayed final resolution of the case of a 17-year-old pregnant migrant in federal detention who is seeking an abortion, giving the Trump administration until the end of this month to find a private sponsor who can house her and will allow her to obtain the ...

Officer killed in Las Vegas shooting left funeral instructions: 'Remember me for who I was'

Charleston Hartfield was a military man. A policeman. A family man. And a prepared man. So it didn't surprise those who knew him that he had instructions — a computer file called Charleston Hartfield's Memorial Service' — that offered careful plans for what to do in the event of his death. ...

White nationalist shot at protesters after Richard Spencer speech in Florida, police say

Three supporters of the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer have been charged with attempted murder after police said one of the men, egged on by his friends, shot at protesters with the intent to kill' following Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday. It was the most...

As Trump looms over the race, Virginia tests whether an establishment Republican can succeed

A decade before Donald Trump upended national politics, Ed Gillespie was among the establishment Republicans counseling his party's candidates to tread gently on the issue of immigration or risk ruination by alienating Latinos. Now he is Virginia's Republican nominee for governor, sounding ...

Young, pregnant migrant's case becomes a test of Trump policies on abortion and immigration

When the Trump administration chose E. Scott Lloyd, a prominent antiabortion activist and attorney, to head the federal agency that oversees refugee affairs, he quickly set about enforcing strict policies. For months, even as he personally intervened in cases and tried to talk young women out of...

Obama stumps for Democrats and takes a few swipes at that guy who succeeded him

Barack Obama returned to the campaign stage on Thursday to denounce the politics practiced by his successor, President Trump, as unbefitting a nation yearning for unity rather than division. Speaking in New Jersey and Virginia on behalf of Democratic candidates for governor in next month's ...

Senate Republicans approve budget with $1.5-trillion deficit to pay for Trump's tax cuts

Senate Republicans overcame internal divisions late Thursday to approve a 2018 budget that will increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years to allow for President Trump's proposed tax cuts. Passage of the GOP's budget blueprint is a largely symbolic exercise, but it sets the stage for ...

John Kelly, who lost a son in combat, gives an emotional defense of Trump's calls to military families

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, a retired Marine general who lost his son in combat, gave an emotional defense Thursday of President Trump's calls to the families of soldiers killed this month in Niger, and assailed a Democratic congresswoman who was among the president's chief critics....

In stunning attack, George W. Bush rebukes Trump, suggesting he promotes falsehoods and prejudice

In an extraordinary — albeit veiled — attack, former President George W. Bush delivered a scathing assessment Thursday of President Trump and his policies, suggesting he has promoted bigotry and falsehoods to the detriment of the country and its values. Speaking at a policy seminar in New ...

White nationalist Richard Spencer to noisy Florida protesters: You didn't shut me down

Students and other audience members heavily booed white nationalist Richard Spencer on Thursday as he gave a speech at the University of Florida, where the atmosphere was tense but mostly peaceful as police in riot gear kept watch. We represent a new white America,' said one speaker who came ...

Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work. The ...

What Republicans still need to do before voting on a tax plan

Once the Senate passes a budget resolution, Congress still faces some hurdles before it can tackle tax reform. Here are the next steps:

As Trump moves to slash refugee admissions, U.N. refugee agency honors his wife? Um, not exactly

At first blush, the gala suggested a particularly awkward celebration. According to the official White House schedule for Thursday, President Trump would be attending a gala dinner honoring his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and the foremost international refugee office, the United Nations High...

Congresswoman demands investigation into law that stymied DEA on opioid enforcement

In September 2016, local Rep. Judy Chu met with then-head of the Drug Enforcement Agency Chuck Rosenberg. She was reassured by Rosenberg that recently passed legislation related to the oversight of how opioids are distributed, which she cosponsored, did not interfere with the DEA's ability to...

'Faith, family, football': How a Texas town is healing after a cop killed a black teenager

Odell Edwards sat in a corner of the bleachers away from the other parents. He didn't want to be a distraction. He knew that if they spotted him, they would walk over solemnly, offer hugs, prayers, or recall his youngest son's smile and athleticism. So he sat alone. As Edwards scanned the ...

Trump punts his top priorities to Congress, setting the stage for a year-end showdown

In kicking his top priorities to Congress, President Trump is setting the stage — intentionally or not — for weeks of messy horse-trading that may culminate in a year-end standoff to avoid another government shutdown. Trump is betting he can pressure Congress into breaking its gridlock and ...

Republicans see new chance for oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The last time congressional Republicans mounted a serious push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, they painted America as a desperate petroleum mess. The need, they said, was clear. The country consumed and imported more oil than ever before, produced less than at any...

Trump administration tries to block abortion for pregnant undocumented immigrant

How did Trump's response to four soldiers' deaths go so wrong?

President Trump kept silent on the deaths of four American soldiers for nearly two weeks, while finding time to tweet about fake news' and Republicans' fundraising, attack Puerto Ricans and a Republican senator, among others, and keep up his complaints against protesting professional football...

Sessions again refuses to answer questions about his talks with Trump before Comey firing

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, facing barbed questions Wednesday from some former Senate colleagues, once again heatedly denied any improper dealings with Russian officials while working with the Trump campaign. In sharp exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he served for...

A deadly ambush in Niger, and quiet in Washington — until now

Highlights of the nearly two weeks since four soldiers were ambushed and killed by suspected ISIS sympathizers in Niger: President Trump was silent until Monday. When he finally spoke, in answer to a question, he ignited a controversy that once again had him at odds with a Gold Star family.

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block Trump's new travel ban

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday joined another federal judge in Hawaii, halting President Trump's latest travel ban. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang's order came just hours after U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu issued an decision Tuesday blocking Trump's ban for ...

Why tax cuts won't generate as much economic growth as Trump hopes

President Trump and congressional Republicans talk about their tax overhaul plan as if it's a sure-fire bet for the economy. Far from it. There's little historical evidence that tax cuts actually pay off in boosting economic growth long-term. And today's combination of high federal debt and a ...

How Washington's formula for fighting wildfires makes them worse

The monstrous flames ripping through Northern California in recent days have burned communities to the ground, killed dozens of people caught in their path and wreaked havoc on a regional economy. By almost any metric, that would be defined as a natural disaster — except the one used by ...

Trump blasts congresswoman's claim that he told soldier's widow 'he knew what he signed up for'; lawmaker pushes back

Wounded casino security guard vanishes from Las Vegas — and surfaces on the set of 'Ellen'

The mystery is over: Las Vegas security guard Jesus Campos has been found. On the set of Ellen.' On Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres' television talk show is expected to broadcast the much-anticipated first interview with the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard, who was the first shooting...

Trump tells soldier's widow: 'He knew what he signed up for,' lawmaker says

Senators announce bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare markets

The Senate moved closer Tuesday to a rare bipartisan deal to fix parts of the Affordable Care Act as a pair of leading senators announced an agreement designed to stabilize health insurance markets. The deal — which was blessed by President Trump — still faces significant hurdles in Congress, ...

Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's new travel ban

A Hawaii federal judge issued an order Tuesday blocking major parts of President Trump's newest travel ban, suggesting it violated immigration law. The decision from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu stopped the administration's travel restrictions nationwide hours before they were...

Opioid law draws scrutiny after Trump's pick for drug czar steps aside

President Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino , withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in pushing legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration's power to investigate bulk shipments of prescription opiods....

After Trump brings chief of staff into controversy over condolence calls, he phones families of killed soldiers

President Trump, facing blowback for his delay in calling the families of four soldiers who died in combat, on Tuesday invoked the fallen son of his chief of staff, retired Gen. John F. Kelly. "As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? I ...

Costly hurricanes raise questions about the future of federal flood insurance

An unprecedented wave of destructive hurricanes has brought the long-struggling federal flood insurance program to the brink. Now Congress faces tough questions about whether to again bail out the nearly 50-year-old program and how to implement reforms to make it more sustainable, secure and ...

Trump calls for short-term Obamacare fix and reaches out to Republican leaders

President Trump threw his weight Monday behind a measure to fix parts of Obamacare, the first time he has voiced approval of a specific legislative approach to do so and an abrupt turnaround on a bipartisan effort to preserve key elements of the healthcare system that he has sought to repeal. ...

Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished

The story seemed straightforward: The unarmed security guard approached Stephen Paddock's room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, distracting the gunman and potentially saving lives. With a gunshot wound to his leg, he helped point officers to the gunman's location and ...

In key test for prosecutors, a judge keeps alive the bribery case against Sen. Menendez

The bribery charges against Sen. Robert Menendez have survived a legal challenge for now, a relief for government prosecutors negotiating a tricky new landscape for corruption cases that the Supreme Court created with a decision a year ago. Menendez , once the powerful chair of the Senate...

Mayors say many American families would be hurt by GOP plan to kill state and local tax deduction

Tom Tait, the Republican mayor of Anaheim, isn't happy about his party's tax-overhaul efforts in Washington because the plan would eliminate a deduction for state and local taxes that helps many of his city's residents. In Anaheim's 92806 ZIP Code, for example, the loss of the deduction would ...

Supreme Court to decide if U.S. agents can obtain emails stored overseas by Microsoft

The Supreme Court said Monday it has agreed to hear an urgent Justice Department appeal and decide whether emails that are stored overseas can be obtained by government investigators armed with a search warrant. Microsoft Corp. has defied federal authorities since 2013 by refusing to comply with...

Republican lawmakers' troubles deepen as Koch donors and Bannon take aim

Less than a year after Republicans gained control of Washington with President Trump amid heady promises of action, political pressures from multiple directions are bearing down on House and Senate lawmakers whose stalled agenda threatens to exact a toll heavy enough to endanger their majorities....

Iran foreign minister: Trump's action on nuclear accord damages U.S. credibility

Coal country is finding little relief in Trump's climate actions

Trump promised that killing the Clean Power Plan would bring relief to coal communities like Homer City. It won't. The administration blueprint for repeal lays bare the extent to which it has overstated the role of climate action in coal's unraveling.

Most of the injured in Las Vegas have left the hospital and gone home. But one still wonders when she will

Diana Litzenberg doesn't know when she'll go home. She doesn't know when she'll walk. She doesn't know when the nightmares of blood and bullets will stop, or when she'll step into a crowd again without her breath racing and breaking down in tears. I just want to be happy,' says the Orange County...

In Virginia's coal country, Vice President Pence praises Trump and asks voters to make history

In Virginia's oddly timed elections for governor, held a year after presidential contests, history has repeated itself: The winning candidate lately has represented the opposite party as the newly elected president. In 2009, Republican Bob McDonnell's election followed President Obama's seizure...

Black man who wielded flamethrower during white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is arrested

Corey Long, the black man who wielded an improvised flamethrower against white nationalists two months ago at a violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. — an incident captured in a photo that went viral — has become the second black counterprotester in two days to be arrested in ...

Aid reaches some in Puerto Rico, but water, food and electricity remain desperately scarce

As soon as the helicopter landed in the mountain community of Castañer, Puerto Rico, Nelson Marchand emerged with much-needed good news for residents gathered at a sandlot. "I bring water and food," Marchand, an officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, yelled in an effort to...

Bannon, touting his 'war' on the GOP, credits Alabama election with pulling Trump rightward