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Oil, gas plumes found at 13-year-old Gulf leak site

Oil, gas plumes found at 13-year-old Gulf leak site

In a court filing Friday, Justice Department attorneys said recent scientific surveys revealed two plumes of oil and gas flowing from where an underwater mudslide during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 toppled
Pence delays trip to Middle East

Pence delays trip to Middle East

Pence's office said Monday the trip was being delayed so he can stay in Washington until votes on the tax cut legislation are completed. He is now expected to travel to the Middle East during the week
Students protest DeVos’ commencement speech

Students protest DeVos’ commencement speech

Some students and faculty criticized the decision to honor DeVos at University of Baltimore. Graduate student Kerrin Smith, 26, said DeVos and President Donald Trump have overseen a "strangling of
Salt Lake City plans to bid for 2030 Winter Olympics

Salt Lake City plans to bid for 2030 Winter Olympics

If Utah officials decide to bid, they may have to answer questions about a bidding scandal that marred the 2002 Games and resulted in several International Olympic Committee members losing their
Report: At least 12 dead in Mexico bus crash

Report: At least 12 dead in Mexico bus crash

Quintana Roo state Civil Defense spokesman Vicente Martin says that at least seven Americans and two citizens of Sweden are among the injured. Authorities haven't yet established the nationalities of
Stein says she is cooperating with Russia collusion probe

Stein says she is cooperating with Russia collusion probe

The Senate intelligence committee has asked for documents from former presidential candidate Jill Stein as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding another new thread
Analysis: Will tax bill turn cash-hoarders into hiring machines?

Analysis: Will tax bill turn cash-hoarders into hiring machines?

"Why would a capitalist say, 'I really love American workers. I'm going to raise their wages,'" said Daniel Alpert, managing partner at investment bank Westwood Capital. "If they need one more worker,
Why are women losing retail jobs as men gain them?

Why are women losing retail jobs as men gain them?

A new analysis of government data reveals a surprising disparity: The retail industry, which shed the most jobs last year (54,300), seemed to push women out while offering more opportunities to men.
Debate erupts over ‘words to avoid’ at the CDC

Debate erupts over ‘words to avoid’ at the CDC

HHS has been under fire for guidance its budget writers received last week, which identified certain words they should not use in narratives they are preparing for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget process.
Ex-Navy pilot describes encounter with UFO off California

Ex-Navy pilot describes encounter with UFO off California

Cmdr. David Fravor's story emerged this week after the Pentagon publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of a recent program dedicated to studying unidentified flying objects. The
House passes GOP tax bill; Senate ready to vote

House passes GOP tax bill; Senate ready to vote

Senate Republicans are planning to vote Tuesday night, and party leaders seemed to sew up the bill's passage Friday when holdout Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Fla., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pledged
GOP tax bill: What’s in, what’s out, what’s next

GOP tax bill: What’s in, what’s out, what’s next

The complex legislation, weeks in the making, scales back the popular deduction for state and local taxes, bad news for Americans in some of the wealthiest suburbs of New York, New Jersey and
Analysis: Tax bill breaks tea party promises

Analysis: Tax bill breaks tea party promises

Republicans are returning to their Ronald Reagan-era roots — tax cuts first, followed by vague promises of cutting spending down the road. Concerns about growing budget deficits have been shelved as
Democrat wins Virginia House seat by one vote

Democrat wins Virginia House seat by one vote

A Republican seat flipped Democratic in a wild recount Tuesday - with the Democrat winning by a single vote - creating a rare 50-50 tie between the parties in the House of Delegates and refashioning
Democrats likely won’t force DACA vote this week

Democrats likely won’t force DACA vote this week

Democrats are backing away from a pledge to force a vote this month over the fate of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, angering activists but likely averting
8 Americans among the dead in Mexico bus crash

8 Americans among the dead in Mexico bus crash

Eight Americans, two Swedes and one Canadian were among the fatalities of a bus crash in eastern Mexico, state officials said Wednesday.
Congress send tax bill to President Trump

Congress send tax bill to President Trump

Congressional Republicans have cast the bill as a blessing for the middle class, an argument they will stress in their drive to hold onto their congressional majorities in next year's midterm
People feeling scammed by pet leases

People feeling scammed by pet leases

Pet leasing is a fairly new but very real industry, and it is getting growing scrutiny from lawmakers and animal organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Abandoned pets swamp Puerto Rico shelters

Abandoned pets swamp Puerto Rico shelters

Hundreds of dogs, cats and even the occasional pet pig and fighting cock have been left at shelters as people flee hardships on the U.S. territory or find they can no longer cope with animals as they
GOP works on funding deal as Friday deadline looms

GOP works on funding deal as Friday deadline looms

The No. 2 House Republican, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, said party leaders have scrapped plans to combine a short-term spending bill with $81 billion worth of disaster aid and a $658 billion