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Cutting rules, Trump tells execs

posted: 01/24/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday morning welcomed leaders from several of the country's largest corporations and promised to wipe out at least 75 percent of government regulations that hinder their businesses, fast-track their plans to open factories and cut taxes "massively."

Tillerson at State closer; Pompeo in at CIA

posted: 01/24/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval Monday from the Senate's Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, putting President Donald Trump's pick on a path to win confirmation before the full Senate.

Storm toll at 20; searches go on

posted: 01/24/2017 3:35 a.m. Discuss

ALBANY, Ga. -- A midwinter onslaught of tornadoes and thunderstorms over the weekend was blamed for at least 20 deaths across the Deep South, where rescue crews spent Monday searching shattered homes for victims.

Mine-tainted water worries Montana city

posted: 01/24/2017 3:33 a.m. Discuss

BUTTE, Mont. -- The deaths of at least 3,000 snow geese -- blown off their migration course and into a 50 billion-gallon toxic stew in a former copper mine that is part of the nation's largest Superfund site -- were a wake-up call that raises questions about the pit, residents say.

U.S. justices reject voter-ID case

updated: 01/24/2017 3:28 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Texas officials seeking to restore the state's strict voter-ID law.

N.J. pulls tobacco cash off the quit track

updated: 01/24/2017 3:26 a.m. Discuss

TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie has dedicated his final year in office to addressing the opioid epidemic, but the state's failure to spend on smoking cessation efforts when thousands of people still die annually from tobacco-related illnesses has drawn derision from advocates and public health officials.

Sig P320 Army's new choice of sidearm

posted: 01/24/2017 3:25 a.m. Discuss

After more than two years of searching, the Army has settled on the pistol that will replace the branch's nearly 32-year-old sidearm.

S.D. legislator quits over sex with intern

posted: 01/24/2017 3:19 a.m. Discuss

PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota legislator who admitted having sexual contact with two interns resigned on Monday, saying he regretted his actions during the past two legislative sessions.

Trump revives policy on abortion

updated: 01/24/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

UNITED NATIONS -- President Donald Trump reinstated a policy Monday that originated in the Ronald Reagan era, prohibiting U.S. foreign aid to health providers abroad who discuss abortion as a family planning option.

Ethics group sues, cites envoys in Trump hotels

updated: 01/24/2017 3:16 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.

GOP senators' bill would partially replace health law, give states choice

updated: 01/24/2017 3:14 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Several Republican senators on Monday proposed a partial replacement for the Affordable Care Act that would allow states to continue operating under the law if they choose, a proposal meant to appeal to critics and supporters of former President Barack Obama's signature health law.

The nation in brief

updated: 01/24/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Ex-President Bush, 92, ready to exit ICU

Committee OKs Tillerson for secretary of state

posted: 01/23/2017 5:08 p.m. Comments 2

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has narrowly approved President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state.

'SNL' writer suspended for tweet about Trump's 10-year-old son

posted: 01/23/2017 4:29 p.m. Comments 4

NEW YORK — A "Saturday Night Live" writer has been suspended indefinitely after tweeting a poorly received joke about Donald Trump's 10-year-old youngest son, Barron.

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear 'Sister Wives' bigamy law appeal

posted: 01/23/2017 2:12 p.m. Comments 2

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it won't hear an appeal from the family on TV's "Sister Wives" challenging Utah's law banning polygamy.

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