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  • Four U.S. monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

    3 days, 19 hours ago

    (AP) SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed ...

  • Iran says it warned off US ship, Navy denies it

    12 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran says it warned off a U.S. Navy warship during a rescue of a boat in the Gulf of Oman, while American officials say there was no direct contact. The U.S. Navy said Sunday the ...

  • Mnuchin: Congress needs to tie Harvey aid to debt limit bill

    18 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Congress needs to combine a $7.9 billion disaster relief package for Harvey with a contentious increase in the nation's borrowing limit, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says, arguing it is needed to ensure storm victims in Texas get the ...

  • Trump vows to 'dramatically reduce income taxes'

    18 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling the U.S. tax code "self-destructive" and says he'll work with Congress on a plan to simplify it and "dramatically" reduce income taxes for Americans. In a Labor Day op-ed submitted to the Milwaukee ...

  • Frustration mounts over premiums for individual health plans

    19 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Millions of people who buy individual health insurance policies and get no financial help from the Affordable Care Act are bracing for another year of double-digit premium increases, and their frustration is boiling over. Some are expecting premiums ...

  • Virginia contest a referendum and bellwether in age of Trump

    19 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) RICHMOND, Va. — For the two mild-manned moderates vying to be the next governor of Virginia, running for office in the Trump era makes for some awkward looks. Republican Ed Gillespie, a polished Washington insider who has long advocated that ...

  • For Trump, chance to return with empathy for Harvey victims

    20 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump brought plenty of optimism and swagger to Texas on his first visit to survey Harvey's devastation. He's getting a chance to return with empathy. At stops in Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday, the ...

  • Harvey changes the equation as do-little Congress returns

    20 days, 14 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Harvey has scrambled the equation for Congress as lawmakers get ready to return to Washington on Tuesday after a five-week summer recess. A daunting workload awaits, including funding the government by month's end and increasing the federal borrowing ...

  • McCain critical of president's pardon of Arpaio

    28 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) PHOENIX — The Latest on President Donald Trump pardoning former Phoenix metro sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local): 7:55 p.m. U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is voicing his displeasure at President Donald Trump's pardon of the former Phoenix metro ...

  • Advocates urge GOP to extend immigrants’ temporary protection status

    1 month, 1 day ago

    (AP) There are about 5,700 immigrants in Nevada whose home countries are either unsafe or unable to handle their return, and local advocates want the Trump administration to extend temporary protections for these residents. The secretary of homeland security has designated ...

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

    1 month, 11 days 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 ...

  • US fighter jet crash lands at Bahrain International Airport

    1 month, 11 days 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

    1 month, 11 days 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 ...

  • Trump counters criticism of his national security adviser

    1 month, 18 days 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

    1 month, 19 days 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

    1 month, 23 days 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

    1 month, 26 days 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

    1 month, 27 days 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

    2 months, 5 days 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'

    2 months, 9 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

    2 months, 12 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

    2 months, 12 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

    2 months, 15 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

    2 months, 15 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

    2 months, 15 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 ...

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