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A stunned Puerto Rico begins to dig out after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years, reduced homes to heaps of splintered wood and crumbling cement and left wide swaths of the island without power. As the storm barreled through the Caribbean on Thursday, the full extent of the damage in Puerto Rico remained...

  • Republicans' new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest

    Republicans' new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest

    The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest. Healthcare safety nets...

  • Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as cops shoot deaf man

    Witnesses yell 'he can't hear you' as cops shoot deaf man

    Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man in front of his home as he approached them holding a metal pipe didn't hear witnesses yelling that he was deaf, a department official said Wednesday. Magdiel Sanchez, 35, wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot him and another...

  • Mueller seeks documents related to Trump’s actions while in White House

    Mueller seeks documents related to Trump’s actions while in White House

    Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has sought a variety of documents related to President Trump’s tenure in the White House, the president’s attorney, John Dowd, has confirmed. The inquiry from Mueller, the former FBI director who is heading the investigation of Russian election meddling and...

  • Trump seeks to reassure loyalists even as he courts deals with Democrats

    Trump seeks to reassure loyalists even as he courts deals with Democrats

    As mainstream media outlets raised questions Tuesday about the wisdom of President Trump labeling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” from the lectern at the United Nations, the president’s message-making sped into gear. “Trump supporters around the country should take pride in President...

  • Hillary Clinton's book has sold more than 300,000 copies

    Hillary Clinton's book has sold more than 300,000 copies

    Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened” had a big debut. Clinton’s book about her stunning loss in 2016 to Donald Trump sold more than 300,000 copies in the combined formats of hardcover, e-book and audio, Simon & Schuster told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The book’s hardcover sales of 168,000 was...

  • Obamacare 101: What would the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill do?

    Obamacare 101: What would the Graham-Cassidy repeal bill do?

    Senate Republicans are rushing to vote by the end of next week on a new bill to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The latest bill — written by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — has been put together so quickly that the independent Congressional Budget Office said it will...

  • Liberals, get ready to freak out: Trump could be a two-term president

    Liberals, get ready to freak out: Trump could be a two-term president

    Donald Trump could become a two-term president. His path to re-election is not very hard to see. Start with the fact that political math is not especially complex. In all but the most unusual presidential elections, there is little doubt about how 80% of the electorate will vote. Around 40% will...

  • Police arrest more than 80 amid violent St. Louis protests

    Police arrest more than 80 amid violent St. Louis protests

    Hundreds of riot police mobilized in downtown St. Louis overnight, arresting more than 80 people and seizing weapons amid reports of property damage and vandalism after another day of peaceful protests over a former police officer's acquittal in the killing of a black man. The arrests late Sunday...

  • 'Hamilton' gets past race by imagining Founding Fathers with black and brown faces

    'Hamilton' gets past race by imagining Founding Fathers with black and brown faces

    Imagine if Vice President Mike Pence killed President Obama’s first Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, in a gunfight. Even in the current craziness of American politics, that would be unthinkable, right? But something similar and equally startling actually happened when the United States...

  • Second expert says teen in 'Slender Man' stabbing was delusional

    Second expert says teen in 'Slender Man' stabbing was delusional

    The two girls accused of stabbing a sixth-grade classmate to appease an online horror character called Slender Man had a shared delusion that the fictional creature was real and could kill their families, a forensic psychologist testified Thursday. Gregory Van Rybroek, who has worked with youth...

  • 8 special operations forces injured in Ft. Bragg training

    8 special operations forces injured in Ft. Bragg training

    Eight U.S. special operations forces were injured Thursday during a training exercise at Ft. Bragg, according to an Army spokesman. The soldiers were taken to the Womack Army Medical Center on base for treatment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the Army's Special Operations Command,...

  • 'There for you 100%,' Trump tells Floridians; elderly plight in spotlight after nursing home deaths

    'There for you 100%,' Trump tells Floridians; elderly plight in spotlight after nursing home deaths

    President Trump told Florida hurricane victims his administration is “there for you 100%” as officials moved urgently to safeguard the state’s vulnerable elderly and restore power to millions of homes and businesses still without electricity. The president and First Lady Melania Trump arrived aboard...

  • Democratic leaders say they have reached agreement with Trump to provide legal status for 'Dreamers'

    Democratic leaders say they have reached agreement with Trump to provide legal status for 'Dreamers'

    Democratic leaders said Wednesday night they have reached agreement with President Trump to provide legal status for 800,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, part of a package that would include border security but not money for a wall on the Mexican border. The deal, announced...

  • U.S. may withhold names of former immigration jail detainees, court rules

    U.S. may withhold names of former immigration jail detainees, court rules

    A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that the identities of noncitizens released by the federal government from immigration jails in 2013 may be withheld from the public. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that disclosing the detainees’ names would amount to...

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