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Bipartisan group of senators seeks caps on flood insurance premiums and other changes Bipartisan group of senators seeks caps on flood insurance premiums and other changes
A bipartisan group of six senators proposed Tuesday overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program to cap premium increases, use advanced radar to make more accurate flood maps, and offer some homeowners vouchers to pay for coverage and loans to elevate buildings. The bill is one of several proposals pending this year for a program that insures 5 million homes and businesses but cannot repay ...
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Trump tells Tangier Island mayor not to worry about sea-level rise Trump tells Tangier Island mayor not to worry about sea-level rise
SALISBURY, Md. — President Trump phoned Tangier Island Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge Monday after viewing a CNN report about the Virginia island's struggle with rising sea levels. "He said not to worry about sea-level rise," Eskridge said. "He said, 'Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.'" During the CNN interview, Eskridg...
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Will Donald Trump's anti-Muslim words on travel ban hurt his case? Will Donald Trump's anti-Muslim words on travel ban hurt his case?
WASHINGTON — It's been 18 months since Donald Trump, presidential candidate, called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on." It's been nearly six months since Trump, as president-elect, was asked if terror attacks in Europe had affected his proposed Muslim ban. "You know my plans," he ...
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Trump's 'TRAVEL BAN' tweets may hurt his case at Supreme Court Trump's 'TRAVEL BAN' tweets may hurt his case at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — Lawyers on both sides of the dispute over President Trump's immigration travel ban agreed on one thing Monday: The president likely hurt his case at the Supreme Court with a series of early-morning tweets. By referring to the latest version of the temporary ban on most travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries as "politically correct" and calling for a "much tougher version...
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Supreme Court to rule on cellphone location privacy Supreme Court to rule on cellphone location privacy
WASHINGTON -- Your cellphone service provider knows where you've been. Now the Supreme Court will decide if its OK for police to find out as well -- without a warrant. The justices agreed Monday to hear what will be the latest in a string of cases testing the clash of technology and privacy. The challenge comes from a man convicted of armed robberies in Michigan and Ohio, for whom police acc...
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Secret Service: Trump faces same number of threats as Obama Secret Service: Trump faces same number of threats as Obama
WASHINGTON – Despite a spate of White House security breaches and other attention-grabbing stunts, there has been no change in the number of threats to directed at President Trump during his first five months in office as compared to his predecessor Barack Obama, according to the Secret Service. On average, agents have been pursuing six to eight threat reports each day, the new Secret Service D...
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VA still in critical condition, Secretary David Shulkin says VA still in critical condition, Secretary David Shulkin says
WASHINGTON – The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs in a rare White House briefing Wednesday laid bare the problems still plaguing the agency charged with providing health care to nearly 9 million of the nation’s veterans. VA Secretary David Shulkin provided a candid assessment of the challenges that he and other leaders face in overhauling the department, including providing appointmen...
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McCain: President Trump has 'unsettled' allies and Americans alike McCain: President Trump has 'unsettled' allies and Americans alike
"I realize that some of President Trump's actions and statements have unsettled America's friends," the Arizona Republican said, according to the Associated Press. "They have unsettled many Americans as well." McCain continued: "There is real debate under way now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world and, frankly, I don't know how this debate will play out. But ...
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Tiger Woods held on drink-driving charge in Florida Tiger Woods held on drink-driving charge in Florida
Golf star Tiger Woods was arrested on a drink-driving charge in Florida early on Monday morning, police say. Police recorded the arrest at 07:18 local time (11:18 GMT). The golfer was released a few hours later, records from Palm Beach County police show. He was arrested in the town of Jupiter at around 03:00 local time, media reports say. He has not made any comment. The police record li...
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At G-7, Trump calls for 'reciprocal' trade relations as world leaders push on climate change At G-7, Trump calls for 'reciprocal' trade relations as world leaders push on climate change
TAORMINA, Italy — President Trump urged world leaders to do more to fight terrorism and make changes in their trade policies during a high-profile summit Friday, while members of the Group of Seven tried to talk Trump into staying in a global agreement designed to address climate change. During a day-long series of meetings among the world's most industrialized nations, juggling thorny foreign ...
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