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Forest Fire Insurance Costs Soar

Forest Fire Insurance Costs Soar

Forest fires caused by climate change are costing insurers more than ever, with the deadly fire that ravaged northern California the single most expensive natural disaster in 2018, Munich Re said in
Court Document: Trump Campaign Chair Gave 2016 Polling Data to Russian Operative

Court Document: Trump Campaign Chair Gave 2016 Polling Data to Russian Operative

Paul Manafort, who headed Donald Trump's presidential campaign for several months in mid-2016, shared polling data from the campaign with an associate with ties to Russian intelligence, according to a
Question of Protocol: US Clashes With EU Over Diplomatic Status of Delegation

Question of Protocol: US Clashes With EU Over Diplomatic Status of Delegation

The United States downgraded the diplomatic status of the European Union’s delegation in Washington last year without formally announcing the change or telling Brussels, according to EU officials.They
US Counterterror Officials See No Signs of IS, al-Qaida on Southern Border

US Counterterror Officials See No Signs of IS, al-Qaida on Southern Border

U.S. counterterrorism officials are sticking by their assessment that terror groups like Islamic State and al-Qaida are not actively trying to sneak operatives into the country from Mexico, despite
Trump Unlikely to Declare National Emergency at US Border, Reports Say

Trump Unlikely to Declare National Emergency at US Border, Reports Say

President Donald Trump is unlikely to declare a national emergency along the U.S. southern border, according to a White House insider who has seen a draft of Tuesday night's Oval Office
Impact on US Government Widens on 18th Day of Shutdown

Impact on US Government Widens on 18th Day of Shutdown

A shutdown of about a quarter of the U.S. government reached its 18th day on Tuesday, with lawmakers and the White House divided over Republican President Donald Trump's demand for money for a border
US Supreme Court Rules Against Foreign Company Fighting Subpoena

US Supreme Court Rules Against Foreign Company Fighting Subpoena

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a mystery foreign corporation fighting a subpoena believed to have been issued by a grand jury in the special counsel investigation of Russian election
Pentagon Denies Reports US Military Witnessed Prisoner Torture in Yemen

Pentagon Denies Reports US Military Witnessed Prisoner Torture in Yemen

The Pentagon is denying allegations that U.S. military members were involved in or witnessed torture of jailed terror suspects in Yemen.The Pentagon made its denial in a new report to Congress. The

Trump urges wall funding to fix border 'crisis' in televised address

In a somber televised plea, President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, blaming illegal immigration for what he called a scourge of drugs
US Cancer Death Rate Hits Milestone: 25 Years of Decline

US Cancer Death Rate Hits Milestone: 25 Years of Decline

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection
Afghan Taliban Cancel Peace Talks with US Citing 'Agenda Disagreement'

Afghan Taliban Cancel Peace Talks with US Citing 'Agenda Disagreement'

The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday they had called off peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar this week due to an "agenda disagreement," especially over the involvement of Afghan officials as well as a
US Climate Hawk-in-Chief? Washington Governor Eyes Presidential Run

US Climate Hawk-in-Chief? Washington Governor Eyes Presidential Run

On a recent winter beach walk, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee's 5-year-old grandson beamed with delight as he spotted a crab.Protecting such moments of connection with nature are one of the
First Bill of New US Congress, on Middle East Policy, Stalls in Senate

First Bill of New US Congress, on Middle East Policy, Stalls in Senate

Legislation reaffirming U.S. support for allies in the Middle East, including a measure to punish Americans who boycott Israel, fell victim on Tuesday to a domestic political dispute that has resulted
Billionaire Steyer to Make Announcement on 2020 US Presidential Race

Billionaire Steyer to Make Announcement on 2020 US Presidential Race

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, a Democratic donor and activist who has spent millions pushing to impeach Republican President Donald Trump, is expected to announce on Wednesday whether he
Florida Felons Rejoice After Regaining their Right to Vote

Florida Felons Rejoice After Regaining their Right to Vote

The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional
Retired US Military Chiefs Fight Trump Trans Ban

Retired US Military Chiefs Fight Trump Trans Ban

Four senior retired U.S. military officers on Tuesday blasted a legal ruling backing President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the armed forces as "wrong" ahead of a key
No Sign of Compromise in Dueling Addresses

No Sign of Compromise in Dueling Addresses

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress made clear Tuesday in nationally televised remarks that while each side supports border security efforts, they remain far apart on the scale
Erdogan Rejects Bolton's Demand On Kurds in Syria

Erdogan Rejects Bolton's Demand On Kurds in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton's demand that Turkey does not harm Kurdish fighters in Syria after a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the
Grammar Guru Helps New Yorkers Solve English Usage Problems

Grammar Guru Helps New Yorkers Solve English Usage Problems

Over a billion people in the world speak English, another two billion are in the process of learning it. Or, trying to learn it! English grammar horrifies and bewilders many - even native speakers -
Trump Demands Border Wall in Speech

Trump Demands Border Wall in Speech

With a prime-time speech from the Oval Office Tuesday night, U.S. President Donald Trump made his case to build a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico, and addressed growing anxiety over the partial