• Health care policy

    Trump hits GOP foes of health-care bill, Sen. Paul calls it ‘fake repeal’

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump used Twitter Friday to slam Sen. Rand Paul and other Republicans who might oppose the GOP’s last-gasp effort to topple the Obama health care law. Paul fired back, calling the Senate bill “fake repeal” and saying the White House just wants a victory without caring about the legislation’s details. “Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as “the...

    By ALAN FRAM Associated Press|

  • Hurricanes

    Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida. The strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded passed almost directly over the island of Barbuda, causing widespread flooding and downing trees. France sent emergency food...

    By ANIKA KENTISH Associated Press|

  • Floods

    House to vote on $7.9 billion Hurricane Harvey relief bill

    WASHINGTON — With federal disaster reserves running out, the House is swiftly moving to pass President Donald Trump’s request for a $7.9 billion first installment of relief for victims of Harvey. GOP leaders also hope to use the urgent Harvey aid bill to solve a far more vexing issue: Increasing the U.S. debt limit to permit the government to borrow freely again to cover its bills. Wednesday morning’s vote comes as the government’s response to Harvey...

    By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press|

  • Immigration policy

    Trump’s DACA decision unites right and left on one point: The fight isn’t over yet

    “DACA is an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.” — Attorney General Jeff Sessions “Only by the reliable enforcement of immigration law can we produce safe communities, a robust middle class, and economic fairness for all Americans.” — President Donald Trump “Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA!” — Trump, via Twitter “To target...

    Staff and wire reports|

  • Hurricanes

    Record-breaking Hurricane Irma bears down on Caribbean

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Armed with the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Irma bore down Tuesday on the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean on a path that could take it toward Florida over the weekend. The storm, a dangerous Category 5, posed an immediate threat to the small islands of the northern Leewards, including Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. “The Leeward...

    By DANICA COTO Associated Press|

  • Immigration policy

    Trump to phase out DACA, throw issue to Congress

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration’s program “an unconstitutional exercise of authority” that must be revoked. New applications will be halted for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which...

    By JILL COLVIN and SADIE GURMAN Associated Press|

  • Immigration policy

    Who is protected by DACA? Here’s a by-the-numbers look

    Some 800,000 people nationwide – at least a quarter of them in California – who immigrated to this country as children are hanging in the balance as President Donald Trump mulls over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Of the country’s metropolitan areas, Southern California has the largest share of DACA recipients with at least 118,000 to 130,000 applications approved since 2012 (many of which have been renewed), according to Migration Policy Institute and...


  • International relations

    Putin says Trump ‘not my bride, and I’m not his groom’

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has refrained from making any criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking at a news conference in China on Tuesday, Putin dismissed a question whether he was disappointed in Trump as “naive.” In comments carried by Russian news agencies, Putin said Trump is “not my bride, and I’m not his groom.” Asked how Russia would feel if Trump were impeached, Putin said it would be...


  • Obituaries

    Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67

    LOS ANGELES >> Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died. He was 67. His official website announced his death Sunday with no further details. Donald Fagen said in a statement Sunday that his Steely Dan bandmate was not...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Box office receipts

    A slow Labor Day caps a down summer at the box office

    LOS ANGELES >> With no new wide releases, Hollywood basically took the Labor Day weekend off and put an end to what’s expected to be the lowest earning summer movie going season since 2006 — the last time the industry saw a sub-$4 billion summer. Things weren’t as apocalyptic as analysts suggested going into the weekend, which had the potential to be the worst since 1992, but that’s hardly cause for celebration. While official numbers for the four-day...

    By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer|

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