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U.S. fells 2nd aircraft this week over Syria

posted: 06/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A U.S. F-15E fighter aircraft shot down an Iranian-made drone over southern Syria on Tuesday, the U.S. military said, marking the second time this week that the U.S. military has shot a pro-Syrian government aircraft out of the sky.

Heat swings into danger zone in southwest U.S.

posted: 06/21/2017 4 a.m. Discuss

The day before the first day of summer brought some of the worst heat the Southwest U.S. has seen in years, forcing flights to be canceled, straining the power grid and making life miserable for workers toiling in temperatures that reached 120 degrees or higher in some desert cities.

Tax redo to be hatched in private

updated: 06/21/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

The White House plans to negotiate privately on an overhaul of the tax system with Republican leaders in Congress, possibly giving rank-and-file members little if any say over the finished product, a top aide to President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

Senate pushes toward health care vote

updated: 06/21/2017 3:57 a.m. Comments 3

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they've yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they'll need.

Medicaid overhaul threatens opioid fight

posted: 06/21/2017 3:56 a.m. Discuss

The Republican campaign to roll back the 2010 health care law is colliding with America’s opioid epidemic. Medicaid cuts would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.

Russian fighter jet flies feet from U.S. aircraft

posted: 06/21/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

A Russian fighter jet came "within several feet" of an Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea and lingered by the side of the U.S. plane for several minutes on Monday, U.S. military officials said.

Ukraine president meets Trump, top security advisers

updated: 06/21/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump met with his Ukrainian counterpart Tuesday amid intensifying questions over whether Trump's administration will step in to protect partners in the face of Russian aggression.

U.S. weighs banning citizens' travel to N. Korea after student's death

updated: 06/21/2017 3:51 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump's administration is considering banning travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea, officials said Tuesday, as anger grew over the death of American student Otto Warmbier.

The nation in brief

updated: 06/21/2017 3:41 a.m. Discuss

Tropical storm raises fears of heavy rain

Names and faces

updated: 06/21/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Is Sean Spicer's tenure as White House press secretary coming to an end? Spicer would not explicitly confirm or deny reports that he is preparing to transition into a behind-the-scenes role while searching for a replacement to field reporters' questions in the briefing room.

In the news

updated: 06/21/2017 3:38 a.m. Discuss

Dwaine Perry, chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation in New Jersey, said he's pleased that a federal judge, citing freedom of religion, struck down a court order barring the tribe from erecting tepees on tribal property because they violated a township's zoning rules.

Commerce-job pick hails from Gravette

posted: 06/21/2017 2:12 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump plans to give a key Commerce Department post to a Northwest Arkansas native.

American freed from N. Korea dies at 22

posted: 06/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CINCINNATI -- Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said.

One by one, Democrats ask for GOP health bill

updated: 06/20/2017 3:10 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Democrats set to work Monday on a coordinated effort to slow the Senate's work, holding late-night speeches to try to focus attention on how Republicans are crafting legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system in private.

Trademark-law ruling backs band

updated: 06/20/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks, ruling in favor of an Asian-American rock band called the Slants and giving a major boost to the Washington Redskins in their separate legal fight over the team name.






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