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Trump urges Congress to overhaul nation's prison system

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is trying to jump-start efforts in Congress to overhaul the U.S. prison system and help more former inmates successfully re-enter society. Trump says lawmakers in the House and Senate need to "work out their…

Federally Funded Clinics May Get Mandate on Abortion Referrals

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will resurrect a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, or sharing space with abortion providers. The Department of Health and Human Services will announce its proposal…

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as new CIA director

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of the CIA following a rocky nomination process that reopened debate about one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history. Thursday's vote was 54-45.…

FDA names drugmakers accused of blocking cheaper generics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. drug regulators are publicizing information on brand-name drugmakers that use what government officials call "gaming tactics" to block cheaper copycat versions. The Food and Drug Administration's new webpage names the makers of more than 50…

Trump cites 'protections' if North Korea denuclearizes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is trying to address North Korea's concerns ahead of his potential summit with Kim Jong Un. Trump says that if the North Korean leader agrees to denuclearize, he will get what Trump is calling…

Senate to vote Thursday on CIA nominee Haspel

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is set to vote Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the first female director at the CIA. Haspel's nomination to lead the spy agency revived a debate on its now-banned torture program. She is expected…

Pentagon: No planned changes to Korea military exercises

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says there are no plans to change or reduce the scope of the ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea that triggered an angry reaction from North Korea, casting doubt on the planned…

NCAA opens door to title games for states with sports bets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events. The governing body for college sports on Monday announced a "temporary" lifting of a ban that prevented events like college…

Miss American Organization To Be Led By Women

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal involving former male leaders of the scholarship group. The organization tells The Associated Press it is appointing Regina Hopper…

Michigan State and Nassar victims reach $500M settlement

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The…

GOP expecting veto on tax bill as Dayton seeks school aid

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican party leaders say they expect Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to veto a tax bill squaring Minnesota's tax code with sweeping federal changes. The House passed its bill Tuesday and the Senate was expected to…

First lady to remain hospitalized 2-3 days

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says his wife, Melania, will be released from the hospital in a few days after receiving treatment for a kidney condition the White House says is noncancerous. Trump tweeted Tuesday that "our great First…

Air Force holding exercise in Northern Plains training area

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Air Force is holding another training session in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains. The Combat Raider training is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, with several types of aircraft. The military says…

1st appeals court to weigh Trump's decision to end DACA

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court…

Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court on Monday struck…

US government ran a $214.3 billion surplus in April

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government swung to a surplus of $214.3 billion in April, primarily reflecting the revenue from that month's annual tax filing deadline. The Treasury Department reported Thursday that last month's surplus increased 17.4 percent from a…

US watchdog will review FAA safety oversight of airlines

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Department is reviewing federal oversight of maintenance at Allegiant Air and American Airlines. The department's inspector general is narrowing a 2017 review of Federal Aviation Administration oversight of all airlines to focus on just two.…

Trump to meet with NKorea's Kim in Singapore

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong in Singapore on June 12. The president tweeted, "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Trump is providing…

Romaine lettuce outbreak update: 149 sick in 29 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Four more states are reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 29 states…

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