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Marines issue new social media policy

posted: 03/21/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Battered by a nude photo-sharing scandal, the Marine Corps has issued a longer and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members culpable of online misconduct.

Iraq's al-Abadi: U.S. to 'do more'

posted: 03/21/2017 3:38 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, emerging from his first meeting with President Donald Trump, said Monday that he was assured the U.S. will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State extremist group.

High court hears property-rights dispute

updated: 03/21/2017 3:36 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday appeared divided over a property-rights dispute whose ruling, if in favor of the plaintiff, would affect state and local governments trying to limit development in coastal areas.

Protest review: Minneapolis unprepared

updated: 03/21/2017 3:34 a.m. Discuss

MINNEAPOLIS -- A federal review released Monday found problems with Minneapolis' coordination and communication during an 18-day standoff outside a police station after the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 but praised officers for their professionalism and the peaceful end of the protest.

At rally, Trump touts health bill

updated: 03/21/2017 3:33 a.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The nation in brief

updated: 03/21/2017 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Florida prosecutor, governor in dust-up

Huckabee's daughter thrives in the spotlight; Sanders praised in White House role

posted: 03/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

WASHINGTON -- Former Gov. Mike Huckabee used to be the star of his family. But these days, it's his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is capturing most of the headlines.

In files, no proof of wiretapping, lawmakers say

posted: 03/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 8

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman and the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that documents provided to Congress by the Justice Department on Friday offered no proof to support President Donald Trump's claim that his predecessor had ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower.

Ryan: Health care bill's changes to help older citizens

posted: 03/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 25

WASHINGTON -- Days before a pivotal House vote, Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to give older Americans more assistance to buy insurance.

China joins U.S.' cooperation push

updated: 03/20/2017 3:32 a.m. Discuss

BEIJING -- The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by concerns over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Wildfire threatens Colorado city

updated: 03/20/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

BOULDER, Colo. -- Firefighters made progress Sunday in battling a small wildfire that forced people to flee hundreds of homes in the mountains just outside downtown Boulder, Colo., and ignited dead trees that exploded into black plumes of smoke, authorities and residents said.

Flint pipe-replacement work going slow

updated: 03/20/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

FLINT, Mich. -- Flint's water crisis is still at least two years away from a resolution as the city makes incremental progress on replacing old water service lines that leached lead into homes and businesses.

Medical researchers worry over budget cuts

updated: 03/20/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump has proposed cutting about 20 percent from the roughly $30 billion budget of the National Institutes of Health, the nation's medical research agency that supports research on cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Zika and other conditions.

Air Force cuts nuclear arsenal as part of treaty

updated: 03/20/2017 3:18 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover plan from President Barack Obama's administration to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia.

Law students get cases for appeal

posted: 03/20/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO — Arguing a case before a panel of federal appeals-court judges can be daunting even for experienced lawyers. Their clients often have much at stake, and the judges can be relentless, interrupting with questions to point out weaknesses and even occasionally to scold.

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