Government and politics

June 15, 2017 - 4:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a measure to increase the state's funding on public schools in response to a court mandate. Brownback acted Thursday on the bill, which would phase in a $293 million increase in aid to public schools over two years. The Kansas...
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June 15, 2017 - 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator is calling for immediate action to stabilize shaky health insurance markets around the country, amid concerns that the GOP will get blamed if constituents' lives are disrupted. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee called on the Trump administration...
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Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati. Otto Warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released to his home state of Ohio on Tuesday in a coma. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
June 15, 2017 - 4:40 pm
WYOMING, Ohio (AP) — An American college student who emerged from prison in North Korea in a coma has severe brain damage, but doctors do not know what caused it, a medical team treating him in Ohio said Thursday. The doctors described Otto Warmbier, 22, as being in a state of "unresponsive...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, flames from methane burning at the landfill in Coventry, Vt. The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
June 15, 2017 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency said it is seeking a two-year delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is seen in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday, June 15, 2017, as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 15, 2017 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. Scott Pruitt, the administrator for the...
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New Associate Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, shakes hands with Chief Justice John Roberts, as Gorsuch's wife Louise arrives at right, at the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, following Gorsuch investiture ceremony to mark his ascension to the bench. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 15, 2017 - 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid a brief visit Thursday to the Supreme Court, where he had a front-row seat but no formal role in a courtroom ceremony honoring his high court pick and the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch. The president and first lady Melania Trump also paid a brief social...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 15, 2017 - 3:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN chief Jeff Zucker says the level of threats faced by his journalists is more serious than people realize and he lays the blame squarely at the feet of President Donald Trump and other politicians he says try to delegitimize the press. Zucker called it "unconscionable and...
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European Commissioner for Economy Pierre Moscovici, left, speaks with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the European Council building in Luxembourg on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Eurogroup finance ministers met on Thursday to review the bailout program for Greece. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
June 15, 2017 - 3:17 pm
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on the Greek bailout discussions (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Greece's European creditors agreed to give the cash-strapped country the next batch of money due from its bailout and outlined a series of debt relief measures they hope will foster growth. Jeroen...
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FILE--In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, file photograph, Glenn Haggstrom, front, principal executive director, and Stella Fiotes, executive director, then with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, testify during a Congressional field hearing at the State Capitol in Denver on the cost overruns and delays with the construction and completion of the VA Hospital in Aurora. Haggstrom, the former top construction official for the Veterans Affairs Department, told The Associated Press that he was never apprised of the cost overruns at the new hospital even though he was harshly criticized by Congress for the project's price tag. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post via AP)
June 15, 2017 - 3:16 pm
DENVER (AP) — A former Veterans Affairs Department executive who was harshly criticized by Congress for massive cost overruns at a new Colorado VA medical center said he was never told the price had ballooned to more than $1.7 billion before he left the agency, and does not know how it happened. "I...
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June 15, 2017 - 1:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A frequently polarized Senate found common ground Thursday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve a sweeping sanctions bill that punishes longtime adversaries Iran and Russia with an array of financial penalties. The bipartisan legislation passed overwhelmingly...
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