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Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments
The Trump administration’s plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America’s national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation’s most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves. The plan, which the White House has been keeping...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:15:00 PDT)

After Hurricane Harvey, a family throws away their past, piece by moldy piece
The past piled up on the side of the road, stuffed into black trash bags stacked on top of soggy furniture and moldy mattresses. There was the still-crisp blue blazer and dress — with matching purse — that Corinth Williams got her grandmother for her birthday in July. Mold had crept into the sleeves....
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Leaders from round the world gather for the U.N. General Assembly: A quick look at what's on the table
A look at the difficult issues facing world leaders as they gather for the United Nations General Assembly in New York
(Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Hurricane Maria grows into a Category 5 storm and makes landfall in the storm-battered Caribbean
Hurricane Maria, a dangerous Category 5 storm, reached the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean on Monday night with sustained winds of 160 mph, forecasters said.It was expected to deliver destructive waves, a storm surge of up to 9 feet, flooding and mudslides along a path that the National...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:00:00 PDT)

Trump condemns 'bureaucracy and mismanagement' at the U.N.
Acting more the statesman than the flamethrower, President Trump made a smooth debut at the United Nations on Monday, chairing a meeting on reforming U.N. operations and agencies, and urging the global body to “focus more on people and less on bureaucracy.” He called for the 193 member nations...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:00:00 PDT)

Trump is riding a 'dead horse' on climate issue, Gov. Brown says at New York conference
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday touted steps the state has taken toward a healthier climate, but warned that powerful forces he called “climate deniers” are resisting technologies and policies designed to improve conditions. “I like all the optimism around here, but I don’t want to minimize...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 PDT)

Trump's chance to reshape the Federal Reserve could be his biggest economic legacy
President Trump is betting he can turbocharge the U.S. economy with tax cuts and trade deals, but his greatest leverage to influence growth may rest with an unparalleled opportunity to reshape the world’s most powerful central bank. Because of a wave of vacancies, Trump will have the ability in...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:05:00 PDT)

With a deadline approaching, Republicans' last push to roll back Obamacare gains strength
A last-ditch Republican push to roll back the Affordable Care Act appeared to pick up momentum Monday even as opposition from leading patient advocates and healthcare organizations mounted, setting the stage for another potentially dramatic Senate vote on the future of the 2010 law, often called...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:00:00 PDT)

Forget Carnegie Hall. Musicians rush to rural Colorado to play the Tank
People here speak of the old water tank on the edge of town in almost mystical terms, like it’s a living, breathing thing rather than a 65-foot-high tower of rusty steel. They call it the Tank, with a capital T, and it stands on a hill overlooking a gravelly desert. Every Saturday, visitors from...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Trump's first speech at U.N. will focus on sovereignty and calls for reform
President Trump takes to the world’s largest stage this week. And many onstage are worried. Trump will deliver his first address Tuesday to the full United Nations General Assembly, an annual meeting that draws diplomats and leaders from 193 countries. Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor...
(Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

Still reeling from Irma, U.S. Virgin Islanders scramble to evacuate ahead of another hurricane
At the docks of this Caribbean outpost, families with dogs and cats in carriers waited under a blazing tropical sun beside the wrecks of pleasure boats tossed ashore by Hurricane Irma. Another hurricane, Maria, was on the way, and could hit the already ravaged island of St. John and surrounding...
(Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:35:00 PDT)

Trump crosses yet another line on Twitter days before U.N. address
President Trump has defied political conventions, challenged norms and upended traditions since he first rode down a gilded escalator at Trump Tower in mid-2015 and launched his improbable march to the White House. On Sunday, he crossed another line: retweeting a doctored video from someone whose...
(Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:45:00 PDT)

The U.N. pledged to improve the lives of the world's most needy. Enacting that plan is another matter
It’s been two years since the United Nations adopted 17 goals aimed at fighting poverty and inequality, protecting the environment and fostering peace. The target year for achieving those goals is 2030, but that’s little time, given the scope of the agenda, and experts note formidable obstacles...
(Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:00:00 PDT)

In Irma-devastated Virgin Islands, resolve blends with worry of being forgotten
Sharon Coldren, standing on the balcony of the Coral Bay Community Council building, raised a megaphone to give a warning to about 100 of her fellow islanders. “There are tropical storms on the way that could become hurricanes,” she said to a crowd gathered Saturday outside the town hall. Evacuate,...
(Sun, 17 Sep 2017 04:00:00 PDT)

A Maryland City Council's plan to let noncitizens vote in local elections hits a snag. It didn't have enough votes after all
It turns out that a suburban Maryland city did not have enough votes after all to grant voting rights to noncitizens, officials said Saturday. The College Park City Council voted 4 to 3 with one member abstaining Tuesday night on an amendment to the city’s charter that would allow noncitizens to...
(Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:45:00 PDT)

Trump may be reconsidering his opposition to Paris climate accord
A European official said Saturday that the Trump administration has softened its opposition to the landmark Paris climate accord and may not completely withdraw after all. If true, this would mark another reversal of one of President Trump’s key campaign promises, one of the most controversial....
(Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:55:00 PDT)

Tensions remain high in St. Louis after white officer is acquitted in killing of black suspect
They carried signs that read “Black Lives Matter,” held fists in the air and marched together as one — blacks, whites, Latinos. A day after a former St. Louis police officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black man, tensions remained high in the city and surrounding suburbs on Saturday...
(Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:35:00 PDT)

White former St. Louis police officer acquitted in black suspect's killing
The acquittal Friday of a former St. Louis police officer, who is white, in the killing of a black man sparked protests in the city, and several large businesses — including Wells Fargo — chose to close early. Missouri Circuit Court Judge Timothy Wilson found Jason Stockley not guilty of first-degree...
(Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:55:00 PDT)

Dealing with Democrats? Protecting 'Dreamers'? Here in Arizona that's just fine with these Trump supporters
Donald Trump’s tough talk on illegal immigration was a big part of the reason Dave Hagstrom and many others in this booming Phoenix suburb supported him for president. “Walls make good neighbors,” Hagstrom said. So when the president moved this week to cut a deal — with Democrats no less — to block...
(Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:40:00 PDT)

How Irma’s size and strength compare with other hurricanes
As one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever, Hurricane Irma's sheer size and strength shattered records while wreaking havoc in Florida and the Caribbean.
(Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:05:00 PDT)

Trump faces questions over his promise to historically black colleges
Following in the footsteps of every president since Jimmy Carter, President Trump signed an executive order in February pledging his commitment to historically black colleges and universities. But Trump, who won only a sliver of black voters last fall, took it a step further, inviting dozens of...
(Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT)

DACA participants skeptical of Trump deal to provide legal status for 'Dreamers'
Justino Mora doesn’t consider the surprise Wednesday night negotiations between President Trump and Democratic leaders on a plan to save DACA a victory. “It’s too early to say,” Mora, cofounder of the Los Angeles-based immigrant advocacy group UndocuMedia, said Thursday. He and other DACA participants...
(Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:05:00 PDT)

Trump's talks with Democrats may finally end stalemate in Congress over 'Dreamers'
A nearly two-decade stalemate over the legal status of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants moved closer than ever to resolution Thursday as a president eager for tangible victories proved willing to get one by abandoning a position dear to many of his supporters. The tentative agreement,...
(Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:20:00 PDT)

Trump and Democrats gambling on each other, hoping their core supporters will trust them to cut deals
President Trump, by his second deal in as many weeks with Democratic leaders, has upended the political calculations of both of their parties: Many Republicans are left fuming of his betrayal, while some Democrats have begun warning party leaders against getting too cozy with a president they vow...
(Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:05:00 PDT)

Tillerson trims State Department staff and vows to make diplomacy more efficient
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is finishing what he calls a “redesign plan” that would shrink the State Department and revamp American diplomacy in ways that already have drawn bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill. Tillerson said he is determined to do more with less even as the Trump administration...
(Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:10:00 PDT)

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