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Trump Picks California Lawyer To Head IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's pick to lead the IRS is Charles Rettig, a tax lawyer from Beverly Hills, California. If the Senate confirms him as head of the government's tax collection agency, Rettig would administer the Republican tax…

Senate Leaders Announce 2-Year Budget Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Republican says there's Senate agreement on a two-year, almost $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the pact, joined on…

Meet The First Gerber Baby With Down syndrome

DALTON, G.A. (TODAY) - The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia who is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest's start in 2010. "He's very outgoing and never meets a stranger,"…

White House Advances Idea Of Military Parade

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is pushing ahead with the idea of throwing a grand parade to honor U.S. armed forces, brushing aside Democratic criticism. In response to Sen. Dick Durbin's comment that such a parade would be a…

SpaceX Launches Big New Rocket; Lands 2 Boosters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - SpaceX has hit a rocket straight out of the park on the first test flight of its big new rocket. The Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off Tuesday afternoon from the same Florida launch pad used…

Ivanka Trump To Lead US Delegation At Olympics' Close

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Donald Trump' daughter, Ivanka, will lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Ivanka Trump serves in the White House as an unpaid adviser…

Pentagon: Afghan War Costing US $45 Billion Per Year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Forty-five billion dollars. That's how much the Pentagon says the Afghan war is costing American taxpayers, and with no end in sight they may have to foot that bill for years to come. Senators, skeptical about the…

Appeals Court Upholds $25M Trump University Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld an agreement requiring President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected an effort…

White House Chief: Dreamers Not Priority For Deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House chief of staff says "Dreamers" would not be a priority for deportation, even if their Obama-era protections expire and a deadlocked Congress hasn't completed a deal to protect them. John Kelly has told a…

Feds: Apnea Testing Could Have Prevented Crashes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal investigators are blaming a lack of required testing for sleep apnea for recent train accidents in New York and New Jersey that killed one person and injured more than 200. The National Transportation Safety Board released a…

Dow Drops 1,500, Erasing Gain For 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 1,500 points, erasing its gain for the year, as the market extends a slump that began Friday. The Dow's point loss would be its biggest of all…

Trump Hails Immigration Plan At Homeland Security Meeting

RESTON, Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump says his immigration plan is needed to protect the borders. Trump visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center in Virginia on Friday. At a roundtable with top homeland security officials,…

South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds Recounts Train Crash

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds was among the congressmen on the train. He was not injured but says a few passengers who were standing at the time did fall upon impact and were being looked at…

Toyota Recalls 645,000 Vehicles; Air Bags May Not Inflate

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash. The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are…

All USA Gymnastics Directors Resign

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - USA Gymnastics says every member of the organization's board of directors has resigned. The organization announced the resignations Wednesday, less than a week after the United States Olympic Committee urged the board to step down in…

FBI Deputy Director Leaving Post Ahead Of Planned Retirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring. McCabe has been a frequent target of criticism from President Donald Trump. Two people familiar with the decision described it…

Sessions: Justice Department Criticism May Be Deserved

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions says his own Justice Department may be fair game for criticism amid Republican complaints of anti-Trump bias. Sessions said Friday the department's mission is to "correct the mistakes of the past" and eliminate…

USA Gymnastics Says Directors Will Resign

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - USA Gymnastics has confirmed that its entire board of directors will resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The move came Friday in the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. The former…

House Panel Investigating Sex Abuse In Sports

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The House Energy and Commerce Committee has begun an investigation of sexual abuse in organized sports. Committee leaders from both political parties have sent letters to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Michigan State University and USA…

White House To Unveil Immigration Plan Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House will be releasing a legislative framework on immigration Monday. That's according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders won't say whether that framework will include a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands…

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