After Syria attack, Tillerson vows to defend innocents

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press SANT’ANNA DI STAZZEMA, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used a visit Monday to a World War II memorial to declare that the United States will stand up to aggressors who harm civilians, as the Trump administration sought to rally world leaders behind a strategy to resolve the […]

US carrier strike group heads toward W. Pacific near Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a Navy carrier strike group is moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula. North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests and continued pursuit of a nuclear program have raised tensions in the region, where U.S. Navy ships are a common presence and […]

Republicans hope Trump amenable to food stamp restrictions

MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor and fellow Republicans in two other states hope President Donald Trump will be more amenable to banning food stamps to buy soda and junk food than his predecessor. Former President Barack Obama’s administration shot down a soda ban proposal for food stamp recipients in 2011 […]

Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court. Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 […]

Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is headed for confirmation after Republicans tore up the Senate’s voting rules to allow him to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. Democrats denounced the GOP’s use of what both sides dubbed the “nuclear option” to […]

US strike on Syria is widely hailed, but angers Russia

ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested […]

Tillerson says Russia has ‘failed’ in Syria; United States sends cruise missiles into Syrian air base

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. missile attack on Syria (all times EDT): 10:30 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia has “failed” in its responsibility to deliver on a 2013 commitment to secure Syria’s chemical weapons. Tillerson briefed reporters shortly after the U.S. launched cruise missiles against a Syrian air base […]

Dems in Trump states pressured from both sides on court pick

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It’s a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 Democrats facing tough re-election next year in […]

Turkey: Syria autopsies show chemical weapons used in attack

BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s justice minister said on Thursday that results from autopsies conducted on three Syrians brought to Turkey after this week’s assault in Syria’s Idlib province that killed 86 people show the victims were subjected to a chemical weapons attack. The statement came as international […]

Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as ‘game changer’

MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a “game changer.” The 8-to-3 decision Tuesday by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is […]

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