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Lobbying By Hospitals, Doctors, Slows GOP Health Care Drive

WASHINGTON (AP) - "Obamacare" is showing surprising staying power, even with Republicans in control. Lobbying by doctors, hospitals and other health industry players may help explain it. The health care industry and patient advocacy groups are trying to maintain health…

Budget Plan Repays New York, Palm Beach For Trump Security

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The new national budget contains $61 million to reimburse law enforcement agencies for protecting President Donald Trump and his family when they are at his private properties in New York City and Palm Beach County,…

Trump Vows To Ease Up Regulations On Banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is telling a group of community bankers that he will roll back regulations imposed on their industry after the nation's 2008 financial crisis. Trump is addressing the Independent Community Bankers Association at the White…

Thousands In US Ready To Rally Against Trump, For Workers

NEW YORK (AP) - Several hundred teachers picketed outside Philadelphia schools early Monday as thousands more immigrants and union members across the United States prepared a series of strikes, boycotts and marches to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies. The…

Poll: Most Teens Have Taken Social Media Break

NEW YORK (AP) - The common stereotype has teens glued to their phones 24-7. But a new poll finds that the majority of teens in the U.S. have actually taken a break from social media, the bulk of them even…

Toyota Recalls 250K Tacoma Pickups; Rear Wheels Can Lock Up

DETROIT (AP) - Toyota is recalling about 250,000 small pickup trucks mainly in North America because the rear wheels have the potential to lock up, causing drivers to lose control. The recall covers certain Tacoma trucks from the 2016 and…

When Is A Wall Not A Wall? GOP Redefines Trump's Border Wall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all. The issue arose this week as Congress squabbled over government-wide spending legislation including money for security measures…

15-Year Sentence For Shooter At Black Lives Matter Protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man convicted in the shootings of five black men who were demonstrating against the police killing of a black man in Minneapolis has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Allen Scarsella's sentence…

VA Limiting New Hiring As It Aims To Widen Private Care

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled. It is citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to…

Trump Requiring Review Of National Monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating the review of dozens of national monuments designated by his predecessors over the past 20 years. Trump's move could upend protections of federal lands in Utah and other…

Senate Committee Sets Hearing For Branstad's Ambassador Post

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A U.S. Senate committee has scheduled a hearing to consider Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's nomination as ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing May 2 to discuss…

Official: White House To Name New Secret Service Director

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is set to name Randolph Alles as the new director of the Secret Service. That's according to an administration official speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on…

Obama To Deliver First Post-Presidency Speech In Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Former President Barack Obama will lead a panel discussion with students as the first public event of his post-presidential life. The discussion is scheduled for Monday at the University of Chicago, where Obama's presidential library is planned.…

Astronaut Breaks Record For Most Time In Space By American

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt. Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by…

Lawmakers Seek Details From Trump Organization

WASHINGTON (AP) - Leaders of a House investigations panel are asking the Trump Organization for specifics on how it will donate its profits from foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury. Before taking office, President Donald Trump promised to donate…

Russian Planes Detected Off Alaska 4 Times This Week

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military says Russian military aircraft have approached the coast of Alaska four times this week, and U.S. fighter jets intercepted them twice. The military says the latest incident happened late Thursday, and that F-22 Raptor…

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