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Trump comments on London attack draw rebuke from United Kingdom. Trump comments on London attack draw rebuke from United Kingdom.
WASHINGTON — President Trump set off another spat with the United Kingdom on Friday with tweets that appeared to blame British security for a terrorist attack. They drew a swift rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May. "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation," May told reporters in London. During an early-morning tweet barrage, Trump said s...
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Obama Foundation announces civics summit, fellowship. Obama Foundation announces civics summit, fellowship.
The Obama Foundation announced Wednesday its first set of initiatives since former president Barack Obama left office, including a summit and fellowship for civic leaders. The summit will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, bringing in hundreds of civic leaders from around the world to discuss ideas and solutions. "We're bringing together hundreds of leaders from all around the world for a hands-...
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Trump hasn't formally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and lawmakers want to know why. Trump hasn't formally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, and lawmakers want to know why.
WASHINGTON — Four weeks after President Trump said he would declare a national emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, the White House has not yet taken that dramatic step. The monthlong delay has left some lawmakers and advocates wondering whether Trump plans to follow through on a promise that could expand access to treatment and increase the availability of overdose reversal drugs. ...
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As Irma bears down on Florida, Virgin Islands asks: Don't forget us. As Irma bears down on Florida, Virgin Islands asks: Don't forget us.
As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, current and former residents of the Caribbean islands already battered by the powerful storm had a message for the rest of the world Saturday: Remember us. "Islands like ours tend to get forgotten after storms," former San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan, who grew up on St. Croix, said in a Players' Tribune essay. "We’re remote, which makes it hard to ...
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House passes $15.25 billion hurricane aid package with short-term government funding, debt-ceiling increase. House passes $15.25 billion hurricane aid package with short-term government funding, debt-ceiling increase.
WASHINGTON — The House on Friday passed a $15.25 billion hurricane relief package that also increases the nation’s debt limit and funds the federal government for the next three months. The bill, which passed 316-90, now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature. All House Democrats and a majority of Republicans who voted supported the bill, while 90 Republicans opposed it. The Senate p...
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Army suspends general following revelations of racy texts with wife of enlisted soldier. Army suspends general following revelations of racy texts with wife of enlisted soldier.
WASHINGTON — The Army has suspended the two-star commander of its forces in Africa after revelations about suggestive texts he sent to the wife of an enlisted soldier. USA TODAY reported on Thursday that the flirty messages, which the paper had obtained, prompted the Army to launch an inspector general's investigation into Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington's activities. Harrington is based in Italy...
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Trump winds down DACA program for undocumented immigrants, gives Congress 6 months to act. Trump winds down DACA program for undocumented immigrants, gives Congress 6 months to act.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday began winding down an Obama-era immigration program designed to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children, but invited Congress to preserve it through legislation within six months. "I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents," Trump said Tuesday. Stil...
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Trump budget cut could slow cleanup of 70,000 fuel leaks that threaten groundwater. Trump budget cut could slow cleanup of 70,000 fuel leaks that threaten groundwater.
WASHINGTON — Gasoline, oil and other contaminants that threaten groundwater are seeping from more than 70,000 underground tanks around the country, but the federal aid that has helped address the problem could soon start drying up. The Trump administration is proposing to slash funding for the Leaking Underground Storage Tank program by nearly half next year — from nearly $92 million this year ...
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Emergency housing for Hurricane Harvey refugees will be 'frustrating' and 'a long process'. Emergency housing for Hurricane Harvey refugees will be 'frustrating' and 'a long process'.
After search-and-rescue efforts wind down for survivors of Harvey, federal officials warned Texas that housing for thousands of displaced residents could be a long-term problem that in prior storms was fraught with unhealthy trailers and hundreds of millions of dollars wasted. "The state of Texas is about to undergo one of the largest recovery-housing missions that the nation has ever seen," FE...
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Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces. Trump expected to lift ban on military gear to local police forces.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program. The new plan, outlined in documents obtained by USA TODAY, would roll back an Obama administration executive order that blocked arm...
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