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House intelligence chairman won't leave Russia probe; Paul Ryan says no need to

posted: 03/28/2017 10:32 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes rebuffed calls to step aside from the Russia investigation Tuesday as demands grew for him to recuse himself as head of that probe.

Democrats in House seek Nunes' recusal

posted: 03/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Top House Democrats on Monday called for the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to recuse himself from the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, saying there's mounting evidence that he's too close to President Donald Trump.

Kushner to face Senate questions in Russia probe

updated: 03/28/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials.

Spicer: New office to update tech, infrastructure

posted: 03/28/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump appointed his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, to lead efforts to apply ideas and technologies from the business world to overhaul the federal government.

AP: Law's cost to N.C. tops $3.7B

updated: 03/28/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom law" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting protections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Kansas warms to Medicaid expansion

updated: 03/28/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Legislators and advocates in Kansas pushing to expand the state's health coverage for the poor to thousands of adults are buoyed by the failure of Republicans in Washington to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Building cited before fatal fire

posted: 03/28/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

OAKLAND, Calif. — An Oakland residential building that caught fire Monday, killing at least three people, had been the target of building department investigations and citations since 2010, when the city allowed the owner to convert the structure into transitional housing for recovering drug addicts, people struggling with homelessness and others, records show.

The nation in brief

updated: 03/28/2017 3:08 a.m. Discuss

Oklahoma first-year officer fatally shot

Trump to gut anti-carbon rules

posted: 03/28/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is set to sign a sweeping executive order today aimed at promoting domestic oil, coal and natural gas by reversing many of his predecessor's efforts to address global warming -- prompting warnings the action will undermine U.S. leadership on the issue.

AG warns sanctuary cities funds at risk

posted: 03/28/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities that they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested that the government would seek to recoup grant money that has already been awarded if the cities don’t comply.

Woman pleads guilty to smuggling woman into U.S. as pregnancy surrogate, starving her

posted: 03/27/2017 2:53 p.m. Comment 1

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Federal prosecutors say a northeast Florida woman has pleaded guilty to smuggling a Mexican woman into the U.S. as a pregnancy surrogate and instead forced her into domestic labor through abuse.

Trump's son-in-law Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

posted: 03/27/2017 11:25 a.m. Comments 4

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday.

AP analysis: 'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B

posted: 03/27/2017 11:12 a.m. Comments 5

RALEIGH, N.C. — Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

On health bill, Trump blames conservatives

posted: 03/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 13

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Sunday placed responsibility on conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, as aides signaled a greater willingness to work with moderate Democrats on upcoming legislative battles from the budget and tax cuts to health care.

Trump to undo clean-power plan

updated: 03/27/2017 2:56 a.m. Comments 4

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign an executive order that unravels his predecessor's plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.

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