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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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Senate clears rollback of background-check rule for president's signature Senate clears rollback of background-check rule for president's signature
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a rule barring gun ownership for some who have been deemed mentally impaired, clearing the measure for President Trump's signature. The Obama-era rule required the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries to The National Instant Criminal Background Check System after they’ve been deemed incapable of managing their f...
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Deported mom becomes face of debate on Trump immigration policy Deported mom becomes face of debate on Trump immigration policy
An undocumented mother of two American-born children who was deported to her native Mexico has become the focus of a national debate over the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. In a matter of days, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos has gone from being one of about 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States to a poster child for critics of Donald Trump's hard line on imm...
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Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes
More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate after two overflow channels at the US's tallest dam were found to be damaged. The 770ft (230m) high Oroville Dam is not itself at risk of collapsing, but its emergency spillway was close to caving in, officials said. Officials feared the damaged spillway could release large amounts of floodwater downstream. The exc...
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