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Transgender troops say a presidential tweet is not an order

WASHINGTON — Unmoved by President Donald Trump’s proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they’ll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative...

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer|

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  • War and unrest

    Rights groups ask Philippine president to retract threat to bomb schools

    MANILA, Philippines >> Human rights groups asked the Philippine president on Wednesday to retract a threat of airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning that such attacks would constitute war crimes. U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said international humanitarian law “prohibits attacks on schools and other civilian structures unless they are being used for military purposes,” adding that deliberate attacks on...

    By Jim Gomez The Associated Press|

  • Obituaries

    Barbara Sinatra dies in Rancho Mirage at age 90

    RANCHO MIRAGE >> Barbara Sinatra, a longtime Coachella Valley resident and philanthropist, died Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage at the age of 90. The fourth and final wife of entertainer Frank Sinatra died of natural causes, surrounded by family and friends, according to family spokesman John E. Thoresen, director of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation. Last rites were administered by Father Howard Lincoln of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm...

    By City News Service|

  • Health care reform

    Vice president breaks 50-50 tie to start health care debate in Senate

    WASHINGTON >> Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted at last Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans’ long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive “yes” vote. The final tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie after two Republicans...

    By Erica Werner The Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    Trump says he’s ‘very disappointed’ in Attorney General Jeff Sessions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local): 3:33 p.m. President Donald Trump says that he is “very disappointed” in Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Tuesday that he has not made up his mind as to whether to fire his longtime ally. He told the newspaper he is “looking” at the possibility of firing the former Alabama...

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  • Legislature

    Senator rips Trump and GOP congressman who challenged her to a duel

    WASHINGTON — Oh, that dreaded open microphone! Republican Sen. Susan Collins got caught Tuesday at the end of a hearing with a microphone that was still hot — and captured her ripping President Donald Trump and making fun of a fellow lawmaker who had been critical of her on health care. Collins, a moderate from Maine, can be overheard complaining about Trump and his proposed 2018 budget, which slashes spending with deep cuts to domestic agencies, food stamps,...

    By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press|

  • Legislature

    Sen. John McCain returns to Senate, delivers frank, impassioned speech

    WASHINGTON — Applause and whoops greeted Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer, as he returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to vote for moving ahead on legislation to dismantle Obamacare The 80-year-old McCain had a visible scar above his left eye after doctors removed a blood clot earlier this month. Days after the surgery, the senator disclosed that he had a brain tumor and had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. “Stop listening to the...

    By ERICA WERNER AP Congressional Correspondent|

  • Executive branch

    Trump shows the Boy Scouts how to start a political fire

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scouts gathering. Parents, former Scouts and others were furious after Trump railed against his enemies, promoted his political agenda and underlined his insistence on loyalty before an audience of tens of thousands of school-age Scouts on Monday night. “Is nothing safe?” Jon Wolfsthal, a former...

    By JOHN RABY and KEVIN McGILL Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort meet with congressional investigators

    WASHINGTON — Two key members of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met Tuesday with congressional investigators probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner returned to Capitol Hill for a second day of private meetings, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee. Separately, former Trump campaign...

    By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY Associated Press|

  • Navy

    US Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian ship

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that came close to it during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, an American defense official said. The incident involving the USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol ship based in Bahrain as part of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, is the latest confrontation between Iranian vessels and American warships. The Thunderbolt was taking part in an exercise with American...

    By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Rep. Adam Schiff fires back after President Trump calls him ‘sleazy’ on Twitter

    President Donald Trump went on the offensive Monday against California Rep. Adam Schiff on Twitter, calling the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee “sleazy” amid the committee’s high-profile probe of Russian interference in November’s presidential election. “Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into ‘Russia,’ spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!”

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