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Syria's Assad calls US troops 'invaders' but still hopes to cooperate with Trump

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said U.S. forces in Syria were "invaders" and he had yet to see "anything concrete" emerge from U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to prioritize the fight against Islamic State.<p>Assad has said he saw promise in Trump's statements emphasizing the battle against Islamic …

Middle East

Fired U.S. Attorney calls resignation order 'shocking,' 'unnecessary'

TEANECK, N.J. — Less than two days after President Trump ordered him and 45 other U.S. Attorneys to immediately resign, Paul Fishman said Sunday the timing of the order was “abrupt and shocking” and complicates the transition to a successor.<p>Speaking to a gathering of 440 Muslim leaders, politicians …

Donald Trump

White House explains controversial, rule-bending attempt by Trump to call rock star prosecutor days before he fired him

The New York Times reported late Saturday night that an aide to Trump had called Bharara's office on Thursday but that Bharara had not responded because of protocols "governing a president's direct contact with federal prosecutors."<p>Bharara notified Sessions' office of the president's call and then …

Donald Trump

Trump, with NASA, has a new rocket and spaceship. Where’s he going to go?

By Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>NEW ORLEANS — NASA is building a jumbo rocket. It’s called the Space Launch System, or simply the SLS. The core stage of the SLS is slowly materializing in a sprawling facility on the outskirts of the city. Technicians are welding up a storm and have completed the largest …

Watch: The Chicago River turns green for St Patrick's Day parade

Ahead of the annual South Side Irish Parade the Chicago River has been dyed green for St Patrick's Day.

In Georgia, reaction to KKK banner is a sign of the times

By Stephanie McCrummen<p>, Reporter<p>DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The mayor was still home when his phone started ringing. The reverend was still down with the flu when he began getting one message after another. Valerie Fambrough had just dropped off her daughters at day care when she heard.<p>“Have you seen the sign …

Rights & Freedoms

Hospitals Give Away Baby Boxes to Curb Infant Mortality

Parents across the country are beginning to ditch traditional cribs in favor of "baby boxes."<p>Baby Box Co., a Los Angeles-based company, is partnering with hospitals in the United States to give away free cardboard boxes to new parents after they are quizzed on a 15-minute educational video about …

Millions might lose health coverage? Not to hear Republican leaders tell it.

Depending on which outside analyst you ask, between 6 million and 15 million people would probably lose insurance coverage if the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act passes Congress and is signed into law.<p>Or, actually, let’s revise that. Depending on whom you ask in <i>Republican</i> …

Health Care

Putting 'America First,' Trump said to plan lighter foreign travel than predecessors

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump, who entered office vowing to prioritize American workers and issues, has told his advisers to plan a lighter schedule of foreign travel than his recent predecessors, according to people familiar with the conversations.<p>Trump has told his team that he …

New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case

In the two and a half years since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the explosive case has been parsed in intricate detail. Witnesses offered varying descriptions of the fatal encounter. Investigators examined bloodstain evidence on …

Mark Cuban Calls Trump the 'Zoolander President.' He's Also Not Ruling Out a White House Bid

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has said he won’t rule out a future presidential run.<p>Speaking on a panel at the South by Southwest Festival in …

Mike Pence to tour Asia next month amid security crises

JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan and Indonesia as part of an Asian tour next month, sources said on Monday, amid concerns the Trump administration is rolling back Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia."<p>U.S. President Donald Trump has already withdrawn from the …

US-Russia Relations 2017: Hacking Claims Affect Prospects Of Improving Relations, Kremlin Spokesman Says

The prospect of improving relations between the United States and Russia is likely to be affected due to Washington’s claims that the latter hacked …

Joe Biden: The fight against cancer is bipartisan

The fight against cancer knows no party lines.<p>"The only bipartisan thing left in America is the fight against cancer," former vice president Joe Biden said during a keynote speech at the annual SXSW festival.<p>In a rallying cry to convince the "most innovative minds in the world" to join him in his …

Kentucky Community Hopes Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Fix Water System

As President Trump promises major investment in infrastructure, people across the country are hoping that includes spending on water pipes for drinking.<p>Flint, Mich., was a high-profile example of the many communities — like one in Eastern Kentucky — where people just can't trust their water.<p>In …

Europe's aim: Sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

Angela Merkel's visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming.<p>European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president …

Top Saudi prince to meet Trump in White House visit

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The White House confirmed Monday that President Donald Trump will meet this week with Saudi Arabia's second-in-line to …

Donald Trump

Holder, Pelosi, McAuliffe start redistricting fundraising

Before they get to redistricting reform, they’ll need cash.<p>Democrats leading the party’s new effort to coordinate political and legal resources to redraw state legislatures’ and House of Representatives’ maps will kick off the first phase of fundraising next weekend, heading to San Francisco on …

AP FACT CHECK: Cabinet members go rogue on science, history

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Donald Trump's boasts from the first weeks of his presidency were dashed by developments in recent days. For example, …

Donald Trump

Some parts of 'Obamacare' are working fairly well

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican leaders say drastic action is needed because the Obama-era health care overhaul is a …

Health Care

GOP infighting over health care, other issues belies victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump had won the White House, House Speaker Paul Ryan triumphantly proclaimed the start of a new …

Republicans

Espaillat: Trump has ‘permeated this toxic environment’

The freshman congressman, the first formerly undocumented immigrant elected, thinks President Trump doesn’t understand their experience.<p>Adriano Espaillat remembers hearing gunfire nearby when he was 10 years old, back in the Dominican Republic. But that, he says, wasn't as scary as the men in …

Iowa congressman criticized for racially charged comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and some Republicans on Monday criticized a veteran GOP congressman for saying America can't restore "our civilization …

Iowa

Pelosi retools communications shop to battle Trump

Like everyone else in Washington, House Democrats have been struggling to keep up with President Donald Trump — or the continuing revelations about his administration.<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is hoping a revamped press operation will help. Monday, she’ll announce the hiring of Ashley …

Kellyanne Conway mocked for 'spy microwaves' claims during interview about Obama 'wire-tapping'

Kellyanne Conway has been the subject of derision after making bizarre claims about the surveillance of the Donald Trump campaign.<p>After being asked about the claims he was wire-tapped by Barack Obama, the advisor suggested that enemies could potentially spy on the president through televisions and …

Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide: Search for survivors

<b>Rescue workers are searching for survivors of a landslide that has killed 62 people at a vast dump in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.</b><p>Officials say the death toll for the Saturday night landslide at the Koshe landfill is likely to rise. A resident said 150 people were there at the time.<p>A number of …

Democrats warn against funding border wall in spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats are warning Republicans controlling Congress against adding billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's …

Planned Parenthood

Indonesia transfers US citizen to 'execution island'

Transfer of Frank Amado, who faces death penalty for drug trafficking, prompts fears of new round of executions<p>Indonesia has transferred a convicted US citizen to its so-called execution island, prompting fears among rights organisations that the government may be preparing another round of firing …