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GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions On Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two top Republicans are proposing a bill for restoring federal payments to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House and congressional conservatives. It has no chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats have enough…

Trump Promises 401Ks Won't Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - President Donald Trump says there will be "NO change" to tax incentives for 401(k) contributions. Trump says on Twitter Monday: "There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and popular…

New York Attorney General Launches Probe Of Weinstein Co.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state's top prosecutor has launched a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Co. following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the probe Monday. His office says it…

Amazon Says It Received 238 Proposals For 2nd Headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters. The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second headquarters in September, promising to bring…

US: Laptops In Checked Bags Pose Fire, Explosion Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a paper filed recently with…

GM Reaches $120M Settlement With States Over Switches

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors Co. has reached a $120 million settlement with 49 states and the District of Columbia over its defective ignition switches. GM recalled 2.6 million small cars worldwide in 2014 because their ignition switches could slip…

Lawsuit Challenges DeVos' Guidance On Campus Sexual Assault

BOSTON (AP) - A national women's rights group is challenging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' new guidance on investigating campus sexual assault. The organization Equal Means Equal and three women who say they were assaulted in college filed a federal lawsuit…

States Ask US Court To Keep Up Health Subsidies Cut By Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week.…

Uncertainty Reigns Ahead Of New Health Care Sign-Up Period

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions as they prepare to select their health insurance plans when the new sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act begins in two weeks. The uncertainty is…

Goodell: NFL Not Changing Its National Anthem Policy

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings that altering the language from…

IRS Still Enforcing Obama-Era Insurance Mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine. The agency says on its website that it will automatically reject electronic…

Opioid Indictment Of Chinese Nationals Tied To North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted on charges that they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States and flowed, in part, through North Dakota. Deputy Attorney…

Trump Says He Wants To Take Action On Welfare Fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is sending a signal that he will be looking to take action on welfare fraud. Trump, in a Monday meeting of his Cabinet at the White House, suggested that cutting down on fraud of…

Minnesota To Sue Over Trump Health Care Move

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota is joining a lawsuit over President Donald Trump's decision to stop federal payments to insurers that had helped hold premiums down for people buying insurance under the Obama-era health care law. The White House…

Health Insurance Industry Warns Against Trump Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The health insurance industry says the billions of dollars in "Obamacare" subsidies that President Donald Trump is halting are not a "bailout" that companies are using to line their coffers. America's Health Insurance Plans and the Blue…

Tillerson Says US Won't Walk Away From Iran Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump will not withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal or reimpose sanctions, but he will say the pact is not in U.S. national security interests. Trump is scheduled to…

Trump Administration: Court Can't Suspend Pipeline Decision

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The Trump administration says a federal court has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. Justice Department attorneys are due in U.S. District Court in Montana on…

Supreme Court Rejects Free Speech Appeal In Sexting Case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away a free-speech appeal from a former school lunch server in Minnesota who was charged with sexting a 15-year-old student. The justices did not comment Tuesday in allowing the criminal case against…

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