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Early spring warmth wreaks havoc on plants, allergies, bugs Early spring warmth wreaks havoc on plants, allergies, bugs
Despite this past weekend's chill, a freakishly warm February across much of the U.S. has caused flowers, trees and plants to bloom weeks early and also threatens to bring a whopper of an allergy season. How early? In a large chunk of the U.S. from Texas to New York, spring arrived two to three weeks earlier than normal, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Phenolo...
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'No comparison' between his, Hillary Clinton's email practices 'No comparison' between his, Hillary Clinton's email practices
Vice President Mike Pence made his first public comments Friday about his use of a private AOL email account to conduct some public business while he was Indiana's governor. Republicans have criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for discussing much higher level national security issues through a private email account. Visiting Janesville, Wis., with other top Republicans to un...
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VA inspector general finds widespread inaccuracies in veteran wait times VA inspector general finds widespread inaccuracies in veteran wait times
WASHINGTON — A review of a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities in North Carolina and Virginia identified widespread inaccuracies that vastly understated veteran wait times for appointments last year, leading the VA inspector general to conclude that VA scheduling data is still unreliable and a “high-risk” area for the agency. The miscalculations, outlined in an inspector general report is...
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Tornadoes, severe storms kill 3 in Midwest, roll east Tornadoes, severe storms kill 3 in Midwest, roll east
A fast-moving storm system spawned tornadoes that killed at least three people in the Midwest and threatened to deliver severe weather Wednesday to a wide swath of the eastern half of the country from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast. Pittsburgh; Lexington, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va.; Nashville; and Huntsville, Ala., braced for damaging winds and possible tornadoes early Wednesday...
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Trump comes before Congress, a body he has largely bypassed Trump comes before Congress, a body he has largely bypassed
WASHINGTON — When President Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to address Congress for the first time, he will be talking to lawmakers he sees more as nuisances than allies and has largely bypassed so far by issuing executive orders that don't need their approval, analysts say. "What's clear to me is that President Trump has no real respect for Congress and would like to govern by executive...
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Taxpayers fund a first-class congressional foreign travel boom Taxpayers fund a first-class congressional foreign travel boom
Most taxpayers will never pay $10,000 in flights for an overseas trip, but in the year prior to the 2016 election, taxpayers paid for 557 such trips that each cost more than $10,000 for a member of Congress or a staffer. Those five-digit global itineraries made up 40% of all individual congressional trips for which travel costs were publicly reported. By comparison, less than 0.2% of tickets pu...
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Muhammad Ali Jr. detained by immigration officials at Fla. airport Muhammad Ali Jr. detained by immigration officials at Fla. airport
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport, according to a family friend. Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from speaking at a Black History Mon...
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Supreme Court could pull plug on transgender bathroom case Supreme Court could pull plug on transgender bathroom case
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s reversal of a rule on transgender students’ rights could remove the controversial issue from the Supreme Court’s docket this spring — or lead the justices to render an even more significant ruling. A Virginia high school senior’s legal battle to use the bathroom of his choice was slated to be heard before the high court next month. Wednesday, administrati...
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Trump too late in denouncing anti-Semitic acts, critics say Trump too late in denouncing anti-Semitic acts, critics say
WASHINGTON — President Trump spoke out Tuesday against a series of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the nation after coming under fire for sidestepping earlier opportunities to condemn several waves of anti-Semitic acts since he took office last month. It was a statement that anti-discrimination groups and Democrats say was too long in the making. Touring a new museum dev...
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Men outnumber women more than 2-1 among top White House aides Men outnumber women more than 2-1 among top White House aides
WASHINGTON — Men outnumber women by more than 2-to-1 among top aides to President Trump so far, according to the White House and an analysis by USA TODAY. If that ratio holds as the president finishes filling out his staff, the percentage of women in the West Wing would be smaller than at least five of the last six presidential terms, the analysis shows. The percentage of women in top White ...
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