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Cotton bill targets Iran over captives

updated: 07/20/2018 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Accusing Iran of continuing to hold Americans hostage, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton introduced legislation Thursday that would slap sanctions on their Iranian captors.

Proposal calls for revamping of Endangered Species Act

posted: 07/20/2018 3:40 a.m. Discuss

A decadesold law credited with saving the American bald eagle from extinction would be reworked under a proposal President Donald Trump's administration announced Thursday.

House GOP rejects more election security funds

updated: 07/20/2018 3:33 a.m. Discuss

House Republicans on Thursday approved a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election interference.

Coats in the dark on Trump-Putin talks

posted: 07/20/2018 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Donald Trump's intelligence chief doesn't know what was said in the president's one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki.

Names and faces

updated: 07/20/2018 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel's piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who celebrated his 100th concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who had won a Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Springsteen emerged, surprising the feverish and fanatic audience, who loudly cheered "Bruce." "Congratulations Billy on your 100th show," Springsteen yelled. "Ready, Billy?" he asked, as Joel began to play while sitting at the piano.

In the news

updated: 07/20/2018 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Cathy Roy, a police dispatcher in Lisbon, Maine, said she stayed on the phone line and found the right emergency help for two tourists, who were trapped in an elevator in Lisbon, Portugal, and dialed the first number they found online, which was the Maine number.

Sheriff: 8 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

updated: 07/19/2018 10:28 p.m. Comment 1

BRANSON, Mo. — A sheriff in Missouri says a tourist boat has apparently capsized on a lake, leaving eight people dead and several others hospitalized.

State governors delve into foreign diplomacy on trade war

posted: 07/19/2018 5:37 p.m. Discuss

SANTA FE, N.M. — State governors discussed ways Thursday to court foreign investment in the wake of President Donald Trump's trade disputes with countries including China, Canada and Mexico.

Illinois man stabs himself after jury's guilty verdict

posted: 07/19/2018 10:15 a.m. Discuss

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Authorities say a central Illinois man stabbed himself in a courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty in a sexual assault case.

Toddler dies after being left in hot car in Florida for 8 hours

posted: 07/19/2018 10:14 a.m. Comments 4

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Authorities in Florida say they're investigating the death of a toddler who was left in a car for more than eight hours.

Trump says Biden is his 2020 'dream' Democratic opponent

posted: 07/19/2018 9:29 a.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON — So which Democrat would President Donald Trump most like to run against in 2020?

Trump 'disagrees' with Putin offer to interview Americans

updated: 07/19/2018 2:54 p.m. Comments 19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump "disagrees" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election in exchange for permitting Russia to interview Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes, the White House said Thursday.

5 injured in explosion in vehicle shop at Army depot

updated: 07/19/2018 5:15 p.m. Discuss

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A small explosion Thursday in a vehicle shop at an Army depot injured five workers, three of them seriously, officials said.

Trump 'no' adds fuel to outcry over Russia

posted: 07/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 20

President Donald Trump sparked a new uproar over his outreach toward Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday by appearing to suggest that Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections -- prompting the White House to assert hours later that Trump's words had been misconstrued.

Uranium imports studied; U.S. producers seek protection

posted: 07/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

The Trump administration said Wednesday it is starting an investigation into uranium imports, potentially opening another front in an expansive trade war that has shaken alliances with countries around the world.

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