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Senators unveil deal to restore care-law aid

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Republican and Democratic senators unveiled a plan Tuesday that aims to stabilize the nation's health insurance markets by extending federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton bill seeks care-mandate exemptions

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania on Tuesday introduced legislation that would exempt some lower-income Americans from a tax that is assessed on people who forgo health insurance.

Anti-ISIS forces cheer Raqqa's fall

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

U.S.-backed forces said Tuesday that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State militant group, which had long used the city as the capital of its self-declared caliphate.

NAFTA nations say talks to push into '18

updated: 10/18/2017 4:12 a.m. Comment 1

Negotiations over the future of NAFTA will be extended into the first quarter of 2018, officials leading the talks said Tuesday, in a bid to resolve differences after Canada and Mexico rejected what they see as hard-line U.S. proposals.

New fires break out in California

posted: 10/18/2017 4:05 a.m. Discuss

As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory Tuesday and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Trump's travel ban No. 3 blocked by federal judge

updated: 10/18/2017 3:59 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday from enforcing its latest travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect, saying the president's revised order "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor."

Drug czar nominee pulls his name out

updated: 10/18/2017 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration after reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.

Illness now doubted in suicide-aid case

posted: 10/18/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

A Nebraska man accused of helping his Florida girlfriend kill herself after she told him she had cancer appears to have taken her story at face value and didn’t push her to seek medical treatment or mental-health counseling, authorities said Tuesday.

McCain takes digs; Trump warns him

updated: 10/18/2017 3:52 a.m. Comments 7

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that "I fight back" after McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy.

Kurds roll out, yielding disputed turf to Iraqis

posted: 10/18/2017 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Kurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, a day after handing the northern city of Kirkuk over to federal forces in a tense standoff after last month's vote for independence.

The nation in brief

updated: 10/18/2017 3:43 a.m. Discuss

2 Chinese charged in opioid peddling

Names and faces

updated: 10/18/2017 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Personal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years. That's how long fans of his client, 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tell him he has to keep her healthy to block President Donald Trump from naming the liberal justice's replacement on the Supreme Court if he doesn't get re-elected to a second term. Johnson's response: Why just four years? Why not 14?

In the news

updated: 10/18/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Phil Scott, governor of Vermont, called a new Statehouse lawn marker commemorating the state's first-in-the-nation civil-union law and subsequent marriage-equality legislation a fitting way to celebrate "Vermont's commitment to advancing civil rights."

Schools in Florida, U.S. resegregating, researchers report

posted: 10/18/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

In the years after the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, many Southern states resisted, sometimes violently, school desegregation orders. Not Florida. There, leaders accepted them.

Balloon pilot’s medications cited in crash that killed 16 people

posted: 10/18/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Investigators believe that the pilot in the deadliest hot-air balloon crash in U.S. history was impaired by Valium, opioids and cold and allergy medicine when he ignored weather warnings and flew the ride into a power line, investigators said Tuesday.

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