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US Traces Lettuce Outbreak to at Least 1 California Farm

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials have traced a dangerous bacterial outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least one farm in central California. Food regulators said Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers…

Pelosi Says House Dems Will Start Seeking Trump Tax Returns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to be the next House speaker, says Democrats running the chamber next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns. The California Democrat says she believes the House Ways…

US Budget Deficit Hits Record $204.9 Billion for November

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit surged to a record for the month of November of $204.9 billion, but a big part of the increase reflected a calendar quirk. The Treasury Department says that the deficit for November was…

With OK From Congress, US Hemp Market Set to Boom

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Hemp is about to become legal nationwide. A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats it like a regular…

Melania Trump Makes Christmas Visit to Children's Hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) - Melania Trump is keeping up the first ladies' tradition of a Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital. Mrs. Trump toured part of the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's National Health System on Thursday and…

Woman Accused of Being Russian Spy Pleads Guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal court in Washington. Maria Butina appeared in court after reaching a deal with prosecutors. As part…

Trump Argues He 'Never Directed' Longtime Fixer to Break Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is contending he "never directed" longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law. Trump's tweet Thursday comes a day after Cohen was sentenced to prison for crimes including arranging hush money payments to conceal…

Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Arrives at Court

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's former lawyer has arrived at the courthouse in Manhattan where he is scheduled to be sentenced for evading taxes, lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Michael Cohen was accompanied Wednesday…

Report: China Could Allow More Access for Foreign Companies

WASHINGTON (AP) - A media reports suggest Beijing is scrapping its "Made in China" industrial policy criticized by the Trump administration in favor of one that allows greater access for foreign companies. The Wall Street Journal said Wednesday that the…

Trump Cites France Attack as Reason for US-Mexico Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is citing a shooting attack in France as he calls on Democratic congressional leaders to support funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Another very bad terror attack in France.…

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Allow Asylum Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced…

Senate Passes Bill to Fund Agriculture, Food Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed the farm bill, a multibillion-dollar legislative package to fund agriculture and food aid programs. The legislation comes with an estimated price tag of $867 billion over a decade. It passed the Senate 87-13.…

Farm Bill Compromise Unveiled, Clearing Way for Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key safety net programs for the next five years. The conference report signed Monday by members of the House and Senate is…

Trump Administration Proposing Major Rollback of Water Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. Tuesday's scheduled announcement at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters would make good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to relax…

FEMA Denies Individual Disaster Aid To Iowa Storm Victims

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again denied Gov. Kim Reynolds' request for disaster assistance to flood victims in four Iowa counties. Reynolds announced Monday that FEMA had denied her appeal of the agency's earlier denial…

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