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  • US fighter jet crash lands at Bahrain International Airport

    6 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. F-18 fighter jet suffering an engine problem crash landed Saturday at Bahrain International Airport and its pilot ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway, authorities said. The pilot escaped unharmed. ...

  • Lawmakers facing corruption charges see hope in court ruling

    6 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Politicians accused of illegal influence peddling, bribe-taking and other crimes have been given fresh hope that a year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling will get them off the hook. Ever since the high court reversed a jury verdict ...

  • Xi calls for calm after Trump says US is 'locked and loaded'

    6 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) SEOUL, South Korea — Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or ...

  • Trump counters criticism of his national security adviser

    13 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump has issued a defense of his national security adviser H.R. McMaster against criticism he's not supportive enough of Israel and is stifling conservative viewpoints. Trump came out with a public endorsement late Friday. In ...

  • Sanctuary review finds Clark County in compliance with immigration law

    14 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Sessions promises quick review of local immigration policies","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/jul/12/sessions-promises-quick-review-of-las-vegas-immigr/"},{"text":"Analysis: So, is Las Vegas a sanctuary city or not?","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/jul/12/analysis-so-is-las-vegas-a-sanctuary-city-or-not/"}] Clark County is not a sanctuary jurisdiction, according to a review conducted by the Department of Justice. The county was among those selected ...

  • Titus, monuments advocates criticize shortened Zinke visit

    18 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Gold Butte designated a national monument","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/dec/28/gold-butte-designated-a-national-monument/"}] Nevada monuments advocates are criticizing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s shortened visit to the West. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev, county officials and people from groups including Friends of Gold Butte spoke out this morning, the ...

  • What your rep can do for you: Bridging that 2,500-mile gap

    22 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) A U.S. Army veteran is getting ready to move into her new apartment next month after a brush with homelessness led her to a senator’s office for help. Las Vegas resident Trienda Ledo-Lighten, who served a little more than a ...

  • Group supporting pro-choice women candidates targets Heller’s seat

    23 days, 2 hours ago

    (AP) Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is one of the 50 targets put “on notice” in a list of priority incumbents released by political action committee Emily’s List, a group that supports pro-choice female candidates for office. Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s ...

  • Nevada representatives propose nixing Yucca funding from House bill

    1 month ago

    (AP) Nevada representatives are pushing amendments to a House appropriations bill to nix $120 million in funding to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project. The House appropriations bill currently includes the money, while a Senate bill headed for a ...

  • Major insurance groups call part of health bill 'unworkable'

    1 month, 4 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Two of the insurance industry's most powerful organizations say a crucial provision in the Senate Republican health care bill allowing the sale of bare-bones policies is "unworkable in any form," delivering a blow to party leaders' efforts to ...

  • Mayweather has history of tax troubles; $7 million from 2010 unresolved

    1 month, 7 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The IRS still has Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the hook for $7.2 million in taxes from 2010, according to records that show a lien as unresolved for the year he fought Shane Mosley. That's on top of the ...

  • Sessions promises quick review of local immigration policies

    1 month, 7 days ago

    (AP) U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he’s not so sure Clark County can be described as a sanctuary jurisdiction, though his office has yet to make a final determination. Sessions was in Las Vegas this morning to speak with law ...

  • Trump says it's 'time to move forward' with Russia

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that "it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia" after his lengthy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany. But he is still avoiding the question of whether he ...

  • Welcome back, Congress. Health care, budget await lawmakers

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Congress is still trying to send President Donald Trump his first unqualified legislative triumph, nearly six months after Republicans grabbed full control of Washington. Now, lawmakers are returning from their July 4 recess with an added objective — ...

  • Analysis: Among allies, Trump remains an unpredictable force

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — On President Donald Trump's second trip abroad, there were fewer of the bull-in-a-diplomatic-china-shop moments that had solidified European leaders' skepticism during his maiden overseas tour. Less public berating of allies, no pushing to the front of ...

  • Medicaid cut in GOP health bill worries the nursing home set

    1 month, 11 days ago

    (AP) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Amy Bernard and her brother kept their mother out of a nursing home as long as they could, until Parkinson's and dementia took their toll and she was seriously injured in a fall. Bernard is happy ...

  • Trump: Not 'that far off' from passing health overhaul

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on passing a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare" and believes his majority party is "going to get there." Trump's optimism runs ...

  • Why Republicans are struggling mightily to overhaul tax code

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Why are Republicans struggling mightily to reach a consensus on how to overhaul the nation's tax system? The GOP is supposed to be really good at cutting taxes. President George W. Bush cut taxes. So did President Ronald ...

  • Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

    1 month, 24 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries. The high-stakes legal fight has been going on since President Donald ...

  • Melania Trump keeps DC entry low key; Barron draws interest

    1 month, 25 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Two weeks into her new life as a full-time Washingtonian, Melania Trump is staying true to her reputation as more homebody than social butterfly. Not that she hasn't been busy fulfilling her duties as first lady and first ...

  • Sandoval, Heller cite Medicaid concerns in opposing Obamacare repeal bill

    1 month, 26 days ago

    (AP) The GOP’s new health bill would mean Nevada cannot afford to maintain coverage for the 210,000 residents insured under Medicaid expansion, Gov. Brian Sandoval says. The governor and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., spoke against the bill during a Friday news ...

  • Companies end sponsorship over Trump killing scene in play

    2 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company's portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to ...

  • Melania Trump, son Barron move into the White House

    2 months, 8 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The first family is together again under the same roof: the White House. After nearly five months of living apart, President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son have finally moved into ...

  • Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care

    2 months, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care. They're trying to scale back major benefit programs being used by millions of people. And they're trying to do it even though much of the public is leery ...

  • Trump having fundraiser for congressman at his golf club

    2 months, 10 days ago

    (AP) BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump is holding a major fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club for a Republican congressman who helped revive the GOP push to dismantle the health care law. Rep. Tom MacArthur's campaign says Sunday's event ...

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