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  • Word of Trump pick for FBI director could come within days

    10 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Less than a week after President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be FBI director and Trump has said a decision could come within days. Trump, who is scheduled to ...

  • GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment

    10 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama's last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. ...

  • Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump, won't preach

    10 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis says he won't try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work ...

  • 4 candidates to be FBI director are in line for interviews

    11 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Four candidates to be FBI director were in line Saturday for the first interviews with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, at Justice Department headquarters. The Trump administration is looking to fill the job after ...

  • Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent

    11 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — One of Neil Gorsuch's sharpest dissents as an appeals court judge came just six months before he was nominated for the Supreme Court. That's when he sided with a New Mexico seventh-grader who was handcuffed and arrested after ...

  • Official: North Korea open to US talks under 'conditions'

    11 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) BEIJING — A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set." Choi Sun-hee, the top North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the U.S., ...

  • Mnuchin: US partners more comfortable with Trump on trade

    11 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) BARI, Italy — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says major trading partners "are much more comfortable" with the Trump administration's trade policies and understand U.S. growth will benefit them. Mnuchin spoke after face-to-face meetings with major trade partners such as ...

  • White House climate change meeting postponed

    15 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The White House has postponed a Tuesday meeting to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration. The White House said late Monday that the meeting ...

  • Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

    16 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) BRANCHBURG, N.J. — President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, ...

  • Trump rolls out red carpet for some unions more than others

    17 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he's holding the door a little more ajar for some organizations than others. Trump has put out the welcome mat for ...

  • Q+A: Trump's new travel ban faces key test in appeals court

    18 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) RICHMOND, Va. — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is about to be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in the ...

  • Curious Trump team query now seen as Russia warning sign

    18 days, 4 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — In late November, a member of Donald Trump's transition team approached national security officials in the Obama White House with a curious request: Could the incoming team get a copy of the classified CIA profile on Sergey Kislyak, ...

  • Trump proposing 'biggest tax cut' in US history

    28 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proposing "the biggest tax cut" ever, even as the government struggles with mounting debt, in an effort to fulfill his promises to stimulate job creation and middle class prosperity. White House officials on Wednesday ...

  • US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

    28 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the ...

  • Pentagon chief visits African nation home to key US base

    1 month, 1 day ago

    (AP) DJIBOUTI — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones. Mattis, the first Trump administration official ...

  • Nurse replaces surgeon general after Obama appointee resigns

    1 month, 2 days ago

    (AP) America’s doctor was fired on Friday and replaced by a nurse. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration holdover, was asked to resign by the Trump administration. He was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of ...

  • Nevada voter fraud probe finds 3 voted illegally in November

    1 month, 3 days ago

    (AP) CARSON CITY — Nevada's Republican secretary of state says three people who had not obtained citizenship by the 2016 election participated unlawfully in November. They are at the center of Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske's ongoing probe into voter fraud. ...

  • After Syria strike, Trump's emerging doctrine is flexibility

    1 month, 15 days ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the aftermath of President Donald Trump's surprise strikes on Syria, his allies and adversaries have searched for some broader meaning in his decision. Is Trump now a humanitarian interventionist, willing to wield American military power ...

  • Trump and taxes: Back to drawing board, seeks GOP consensus

    1 month, 15 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board in a search for Republican consensus behind legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax system. The administration's first attempt to ...

  • Joining high court, the real Neil Gorsuch set to stand up

    1 month, 16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Somewhere between the Republican caricature of the next justice of the Supreme Court as a folksy family guy and the Democrats' demonization of him as a cold-hearted automaton, stands Neil Gorsuch. Largely unknown six months ago, Gorsuch has ...

  • US threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

    1 month, 16 days ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — The United States is vowing to keep up the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from U.S. ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one ...

  • After chemical attack, Trump turns from resigned to resolved

    1 month, 16 days ago

    (AP) PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump first saw the photos Tuesday morning. The images were ghastly. Men and women gasping for breath. Small children foaming at the mouth and in agony. The lifeless bodies of babies sprawled on the ...

  • Citizenship a question for pig-mask suspect in heist at Bellagio

    1 month, 26 days ago

    (AP) [{"text":"Police: Man in pig mask said he was forced into heist at Bellagio","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/mar/28/police-man-in-pig-mask-said-he-was-forced-into-hei/?utm_source=mostpopular&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=mostRead"},{"text":" Suspects flee after jewelry store robbery at Bellagio","url":"https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/mar/25/gunshots-fired-in-burglary-of-store-at-bellagio-in/"}] A man accused of wearing a pig mask during last Sunday’s robbery at the Bellagio was born in California, ...

  • Man who drove suspicious car near White House is detained

    2 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a car that was deemed suspicious has been detained by the U.S. Secret Service. The car was stopped Saturday night about a quarter-mile from the ...

  • Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

    2 months, 6 days ago

    (AP) BEIJING — The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by ...

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