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Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for veterans' care

posted: 06/23/2017 1:02 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.

Majority leader's focus: Finding votes for Senate health care bill

posted: 06/23/2017 11:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is focusing on finding the votes he'll need to push the Republican plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law through the Senate.

Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating Donald Trump

posted: 06/23/2017 10:37 a.m. Comments 6

NEW YORK — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain.

Trump suggests he was trying to keep ex-FBI director honest with tweet about tapes

posted: 06/23/2017 10:33 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump suggested he was just trying to keep fired FBI Director James Comey honest with his tweet implying there might be recordings of their private conversations.

Senate GOP uncloaks redo of health care

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Senate Republicans set forth their plan for redoing the 2010 health care law Thursday with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions.

Trump derides meddling 'hoax'

posted: 06/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 20

President Donald Trump on Thursday called Russia's meddling in the 2016 election "all a big Dem HOAX" and accused former President Barack Obama and his administration of not doing enough last year to "stop" Russian interference.

Tropical Depression Cindy spawns suspected tornado

updated: 06/23/2017 3:42 a.m. Discuss

A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Ala., flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, and the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide -- two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across the Southeast.

Verdict tossed, 36-year inmate free man again

updated: 06/23/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Set free after 36 years in prison for a murder conviction that took decades to unravel, John Floyd donned a black T-shirt bearing the word "justice" Thursday before leaving the courthouse where a federal judge formally signed off on his release.

Lawyer's error not grounds for new trial, justices rule

updated: 06/23/2017 3:38 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Boston man seeking to overturn his murder conviction because his lawyer failed to object when the trial judge closed the courtroom during jury selection.

Pelosi defends herself as leader

updated: 06/23/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership on Thursday in the face of needling from President Donald Trump and grumbling from fellow House Democrats exasperated after a high-profile special election loss.

In Flint stabbing, suspect’s life probed

posted: 06/23/2017 3:34 a.m. Discuss

The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said Thursday.

Small island hopes built on sand

updated: 06/23/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris climate change pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

Texan indicted in mosque blaze

posted: 06/23/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

A man has been indicted on a hate crime charge in connection with a January fire that destroyed a Texas mosque, authorities announced on Thursday.

The nation in brief

updated: 06/23/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Thousands attend Warmbier funeral

Names and faces

updated: 06/23/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

Actor George Clooney's "perfect" tequila -- so smooth it doesn't burn the throat, require lime and salt or, apparently, induce a hangover -- was meant to be consumed only by the actor and his friends. It was never meant to become a brand or a company, just a private treat, after they developed it over two years with a distiller in Mexico.

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