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Trump returns to an increasingly troubled White House and criticism from allies
Whatever respite President Trump may have received from his nine-day overseas trip came to an abrupt end Sunday as administration allies sought to beat back allegations about his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, while the leader of Europe’s most powerful nation suggested the U.S. was no longer a reliable...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 16:05:00 PDT)

White supremacist arrested in fatal stabbing of two men after anti-Muslim rant in Portland
A 35-year-old white supremacist with a criminal record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths Friday of two men on a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., who intervened when he began to hurl anti-Muslim epithets at two women, one who was wearing a head scarf, police said. Jeremy...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 14:00:00 PDT)

Portland praises its heroes after fatal stabbing
When he was in college, Taliesin Namkai-Meche took an introductory religion class on Islam and impressed his professor with a deep desire to understand how others see the world. Rick Best spent years in Muslim countries as an Army platoon sergeant in Afghanistan and Iraq. And Micah Fletcher won...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 18:25:00 PDT)

Chicago was the only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016
Chicago was the only city among the nation's 20 largest to lose population in 2016 — and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. It's the city's third consecutive year of population loss. Chicago's population...
(Sun, 28 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

U.S. to increase number of refugees allowed in, reversing a sharp decline under Trump
The State Department announced that it will lift its restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States, after a steep decrease in arrivals in recent months amid President Trump’s efforts to limit entry. In an email sent to agencies tasked with helping refugees from around...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 18:25:00 PDT)

As anniversary approaches, Hurricane Andrew's legacy remains strong in South Florida
There was no air conditioning and parts of the roof were gone, so the mosquitoes would swarm in on those hellishly hot nights. People had their guns ready for the looters. There were also monkeys, llamas, cougars and who knows what else roaming around. Lorraine Valladares, 70, was a middle school...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 13:30:00 PDT)

Trump maps new course with allies and autocrats in first foreign trip
Donald Trump made no secret during the presidential campaign of his disdain for America’s trading partners, his skepticism of longtime alliances and his eagerness to refocus U.S. foreign policy on the single-minded pursuit of American security. That was largely the president the world got as Trump...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 09:35:00 PDT)

From the shove to the orb, no single Trump moment from trip abroad stands out. There are too many
Many presidential trips, both within the U.S. and abroad, have provided standout moments. Sometimes they’ve been of historic significance: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, Richard M. Nixon at China’s Great Wall. Occasionally they’ve been embarrassing: George H.W. Bush getting...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT)

Hurricane season is about to start, and NOAA predicts it will be busier than usual
Message to residents on the East and Gulf coasts: Brace yourselves for a wet and worry-filled summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season, with five to nine hurricanes — two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

A wet winter gives way to a sensational spring for viewing Idaho’s Shoshone Falls
Winding down the steep, narrow road alongside dark rock cliffs required a driver’s full attention. But then distraction appeared in the form of a bright rainbow. Sharp and full, it arched over the Snake River not far from where Evel Knievel attempted to clear the canyon on a daredevil jump more...
(Sat, 27 May 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Trump favors personal connections in his foreign policy
By the time President Trump sat down with the leaders of the world’s other industrialized powers at a former monastery here Friday, he already had met and spent time with each individually. The mood around the circular table was one of a “family dinner,” the White House said, with discussions ranging...
(Fri, 26 May 2017 15:40:00 PDT)

Maine's latest fishing frenzy brings in $1,200 a pound — and it's not lobster
It is just past midnight, rain clouds stalking a full moon, and Julie Keene is out on a muddy riverbank in thigh-high rubber boots and a camouflage jacket, a headlamp strapped over her hair. As she wrestles with an oversize fishing net, Keene tells how she went from rags to riches, and that’s not...
(Fri, 26 May 2017 14:55:00 PDT)

Everyone's a winner! Or what to take away from that special congressional race in Montana
Republicans were celebrating Friday, and relieved, and it was easy to see why: The party hung on to Montana’s sole congressional seat even though its candidate faced a freshly lodged criminal charge for physically assaulting a reporter on election eve. Though they fell short in yet another special...
(Fri, 26 May 2017 13:55:00 PDT)

A glowing orb and a not-so-glowing review of the GOP healthcare bill: Trump's week was filled with events he didn't control
President Trump’s nine-day trip to the Mideast and Europe, his first foreign excursion as president, hasn’t produced any diplomatic breakthroughs so far, but has generated some memorable images. There was Trump with his hands on a glowing orb in Saudi Arabia; First Lady Melania Trump appearing...
(Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 PDT)

Murderer known as 'Houdini of death row' executed in Alabama
Called the "Houdini" of death row, Alabama inmate Thomas Arthur has been scheduled to die Thursday, after seven postponements.
(Thu, 25 May 2017 23:50:00 PDT)

Overcoming assault charge, Republican Gianforte wins Montana congressional seat
Republican Greg Gianforte overcame a last-minute assault charge to win Montana’s special congressional election Thursday, keeping its lone House seat in GOP hands and dealing Democrats a setback in their bid to gain a red-state toehold ahead of the 2018 midterm election. Gianforte, 56, a wealthy...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 23:00:00 PDT)

Some conservatives justify 'manly' Montana candidate's alleged body-slam of 'snowflake' reporter
After he was accused of physically attacking a reporter, Greg Gianforte had some very visible defenders while he went invisible for election day Thursday. The Republican candidate for Montana’s open congressional seat canceled his national TV appearances after he was charged with misdemeanor assault...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 18:05:00 PDT)

Who is Greg Gianforte? In Montana, the Republican's outburst against reporter came as little surprise
He’s a wealthy software entrepreneur, known for his brash persona and political ambitions. And as election day neared, Greg Gianforte seemed a shoo-in to win a special election for Montana’s lone congressional seat. But as voters headed to the polls Thursday, questions swirled about his candidacy:...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 17:25:00 PDT)

Trump is dealt another defeat on travel ban as U.S. appeals court in Virginia blocks enforcement
President Trump suffered another legal defeat Thursday when the U.S. appeals court in Virginia ruled his foreign travel ban may not be enforced, on the grounds that it appears to discriminate based on religion and that the administration’s argument that the order was needed to protect national...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 15:55:00 PDT)

Trump finds a new ally in his war on leaks: Britain
President Trump gained something Thursday he's been craving: validation from America's closest ally for his war on leaks. Trump, a onetime fan of leaks who has spent much of his early term decrying them, vowed a “complete review” of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:00 PDT)

Trump scolds NATO allies for not spending more on defense
President Trump directly rebuked NATO allies for not paying their fair share of military costs, as they stood stone-faced nearby, and stopped short of reaffirming the alliance’s mutual defense pledge as the foreign leaders met Thursday for a celebration of unity. The unusually pointed remarks at...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 15:00:00 PDT)

What's at stake as Trump gets to 'see you in court' over the travel ban
President Trump faced two major court cases in May over his travel ban in Seattle and Richmond, Va. The fight over the ban is expected to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
(Thu, 25 May 2017 12:45:00 PDT)

As Trump wavers over Paris climate accord, European leaders give him an earful
With President Trump balking on his vow to shred the Obama-negotiated Paris agreement on climate change, the last place the pact’s staunch opponents wanted to see the president is where he will be this weekend — meeting other world leaders unanimous in their warnings that withdrawal from the accord...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 PDT)

Banks want higher debit-card 'swipe fees,' but an effort to allow them has crumbled
Banks had hoped Congress would let them charge merchants higher fees to process debit card purchases, but an effort to allow that has crumbled — a victory for retailers and, possibly, shoppers who might have had to shoulder those costs. In the latest chapter of a long-running fight, a repeal of...
(Thu, 25 May 2017 10:50:00 PDT)

A look at the decline in refugees entering the U.S. under Trump
Despite court's blocking of Trump's travel ban, the number of refugees arriving to the U.S. has plummeted. Here are the important numbers to know.
(Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 PDT)

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