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President Trump's budget would cut Superfund toxic cleanup program by 30% President Trump's budget would cut Superfund toxic cleanup program by 30%
WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration’s preliminary budget came out last month, the news was not good for those living near Wappinger Creek in New York’s Dutchess County, or the former SBA shipyard in Jefferson Parish, La., or the Anaconda aluminum reduction facility in Columbia Falls. Mont. All three sites were so contaminated with toxic substances and posed such a threat to public health...
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Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders expressed strong support on Friday for President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syria, but many lawmakers also called on the president to outline a more cohesive strategy to address that conflict and warned the White House against taking broader military action without congressional approval. "America is back in terms of playing a leadership rol...
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Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid outcry Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid outcry
Pepsi has pulled an advert that sparked an outcry and accusations that the drinks maker was trivialising recent street protests across the US. The advert featured reality TV star Kendall Jenner leaving a photo shoot to join a heavily policed demonstration. She defuses the tension by walking to the police line and handing an officer a can of Pepsi, prompting cheers. In a statement posted o...
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Business groups try to quash federal equal pay project Business groups try to quash federal equal pay project
WASHINGTON — Business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pressuring the Trump administration to kill an Obama-era initiative designed to reduce wage disparities by requiring big employers to report pay data based on race, gender and ethnicity. The Obama administration had proposed the new requirement to bolster federal investigations of possible pay discrimination and encourage empl...
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Silver Stars reveal secret valor among Delta Force, other commandos Silver Stars reveal secret valor among Delta Force, other commandos
WASHINGTON — The Silver Stars awarded to Army special operators since the Sept. 11 terror attacks offer a rare glimpse of soldiers on secret missions risking their lives again and again to rescue comrades in battles against militants in Afghanistan and Iraq. Until now, their heroism has been known only to a small circle. The awards, due to their sensitive, secretive nature of their missions, we...
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Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters
To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor. The president and his companies have been ...
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Jared Kushner to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in Russia probe Jared Kushner to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee in Russia probe
WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is expected to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, as congressional inquiries and a separate FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump associates and Russia officials threaten to engulf the administration. Kushner volunteered to testif...
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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans say goodbye at public service
Fans gathered to honour Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial service in Los Angeles on Saturday, three months after the actresses died. The mother and daughter were remembered in the 1,200-seat theatre at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The event included a tribute song by James Blunt and a performance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Singin' in the Rain's ...
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Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Democrat announced Thursday he will try to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation following two days of questioning in which the federal appeals court judge refused to opine about past, present or potential future cases. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged fellow Democrats to join him in requiring Gorsuch to meet a 60-vote threshold that R...
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Freedom Caucus claims enough votes to kill Obamacare repeal Freedom Caucus claims enough votes to kill Obamacare repeal
WASHINGTON — A day before the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, conservatives say they have enough “no” votes to kill it and are calling on House leadership to postpone floor action and go back to the drawing board. “It’s not going to pass as it’s standing right now,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told reporters Wednesday. “They should, absolutely” push back Thursday’s scheduled vote. “As...
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