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Washington • President Donald Trump will sign a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia that passed Congress with overwhelming support, the White House said Friday. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in …

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  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers a question from a reporter during a news conference, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.  (AP Photo/John Hanna) 5 faith facts about Sam Brownback: Political champion of religious freedom
    Washington • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, President Donald Trump’s nominee for international religious freedom ambassador, describes religious freedom a...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 09:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Pedestrians walk past a barricade set up by demonstrators during a 48-hour general strike beginning Wednesday in protest of government plans of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the constitution, in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called on Venezuelans to support the general strike, in his first direct public message since being released from prison to house arrest. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) Few heed call for mass protest in Venezuela’s capital
    Caracas, Venezuela • Few demonstrators heeded opposition calls for a mass protest Friday in Venezuela’s capital against President Nicolas Maduro’s con...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 05:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 23, 2017 file photo Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks in Washington. The House overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Veterans Affairs Department that threatens medical care for thousands of veterans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) House moves to extend choice program, end VA budget crisis
    Washington • The House overwhelmingly approved a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to address a budget shortfall at the Department of Veterans A...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • House heads home facing a long to-do list in September
    Washington • House lawmakers left Washington for their weeks long August vacation, promising to return in September to tackle tax reform and finally c...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share



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  • Palestinians pray outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City Friday, July 28, 2017. Muslim prayers at a major Jerusalem shrine ended peacefully Israeli police said Friday but violence continued in the West Bank where a Palestinian was killed attacking soldiers as forces were on high alert following two weeks of violence over the sacred site, holy to both Muslims and Jews. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) Muslim prayers end peacefully at Jerusalem mosque
    Jerusalem • Prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque ended peacefully on Friday amid two weeks of unrest over security devices at the major holy site in Jerusale...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions boards his plane before his departure from San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, July 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Sessions hopes anti-gang effort will mend fences with Trump
    San Salvador, El Salvador • Attorney General Jeff Sessions is eager to use his aggressive work against the MS-13 street gang to help mend his tattered...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, the casket of Justin Llivicura, 16, is carried from St. Joseph the Worker Church after Llivicura’s funeral in East Patchogue, N.Y. Llivicura was one of four young men found slain in a suspected MS-13 gang killing in a park in Central Islip, N.Y., on April 12. President Donald Trump is scheduled travel to New York on Friday, July 28, to meet with law enforcement on Long Island and discuss the MS-13 street gang. His administration has made MS-13 a symbol of the need for stricter immigration laws. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File) Trump speaks in town struck by gang violence
    New York• A wave of gang killings in New York’s Long Island suburbs, many involving teenage victims, has caught the attention of President Donald Trum...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this May 17, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly during commencement exercises at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Trump named Kelly as his new Chief of Staff on July 28, ousting Reince Priebus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Trump puts ‘star’ Kelly in charge of his staff
    Washington • President Donald Trump ousted White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Friday and replaced him with Homeland Security Secretary John ...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 11:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Flamingo fashion makes a comeback
    Fashion is fickle. What’s in is soon out and, then, miraculously, back in again. There’s no better proof of that than the flamingo: Once a tacky lawn ...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 06:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • A fifth person has died this week in the El Paso area after being pulled from the Rio Grande while attempting to cross from Mexico. U.S. Border Patrol agents were conducting a river patrol Thursday with Mexican law enforcement officials when the body of a man believed to be in his 30s was found. The discovery comes after the bodies of three people, all Guatemalan nationals, were recovered Tuesday, July 25, 2017, after they drowned while trying to cross. (Ruben R. Ramirez/The El Paso Times via AP) 5th person dies trying to cross Rio Grande into Texas
    Dallas • Even as the deaths of 10 immigrants found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in Texas have captured international attention, the dea...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • This undated image provided by Tesla Motors shows the Tesla Model 3 sedan. The electric car company’s newest vehicle, the Model 3, which set to go to its first 30 customers Friday, July 28, 2017, is half the cost of previous models. Its $35,000 starting price and 215-mile range could bring hundreds of thousands of customers into Tesla’s fold, taking it from a niche luxury brand to the mainstream. (Courtesy of Tesla Motors via AP) Mainstream Model 3 holds promise — and peril — for Tesla
    Fremont, Calif. • For Tesla, everything is riding on the Model 3. The electric car company’s newest vehicle was set to go to its first 30 customers Fr...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Friday, March 17, 2017, file photo, Wells Fargo CEO & President Timothy Sloan is interviewed in one of his bank’s branches in New York. Scandal-plagued Wells Fargo is back in hot water for signing customers up for products that they didn’t need or want. This time it’s auto insurance, and the bank says it may have cost 20,000 people their cars. The San Francisco-based bank acknowledged late Thursday, July 28, 2017 that it enrolled roughly 570,000 auto loan borrowers for what’s known as collateral production insurance on their vehicles when the customers already had appropriate insurance. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) FDA to target addictive levels of nicotine in cigarettes
    For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren’t so addictive. U.S. Food and Drug Admin...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 06:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • David Bradley is selling the Atlantic magazine to Laurene Powell Jobs’ organization
    Atlantic Media owner David Bradley announced Friday that he will sell the anchor of his sprawling Washington-based media empire: its iconic, 160-year-...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jerusalem’s Old City is seen trough a door with the shape of star of David, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Israel has begun dismantling metal detectors it installed a week earlier at the gates of a contested Jerusalem shrine, amid widespread Muslim protests. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) Archaeologists find more evidence of Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem
    Jerusalem • Israeli archaeologists recently discovered 2,600-year-old artifacts they say offer further concrete evidence of the Babylonian destruction...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • This is an undated photo of sick baby Charlie Gard provided by his family, taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.  The parents of a critically ill infant Monday July 24, 2017 withdrew their court fight seeking permission to take the child to the United States for medical treatment. Chris Gard and Connie Yates wept as their attorney revealed the results of brain scans. The 11-month-old has a rare genetic condition, and his parents fought hard to receive an experimental treatment. Doctors said it wouldn’t help and contended Charlie should be allowed to die peacefully. (Family of Charlie Gard via AP) British baby Charlie Gard has died, according to family spokeswoman
    LONDON • Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby at the center of a legal and ethical battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U....
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |   Tribune file photo)    Sen. Orrin Hatch answers a few questions from the media before giving the keynote address, at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition luncheon, at the Grand America, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. A narrow margin on a ‘skinny repeal’: Hatch, Lee vote yes on Senate health care bill that McCain helps defeat
    Washington • Senate Republicans suffered a dramatic failure early Friday in their bid to advance a scaled-back plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Ac...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE- In this July 4, 2017 file photo, distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile in North Korea. North Korea fired a ballistic missile Friday night, July 28, which landed in the ocean off Japan, Japanese officials said. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File) North Korea 2nd missile test puts much of U.S. in range
    Pyongyang, North Korea • North Korea on Friday test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile, which flew longer and higher than the first a...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This file photo provided by the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office in Terre Haute, Ind., shows Claude Hudson, of Terre Haute. Hudson, who was convicted of battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from approaching kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart with a knife at an Indiana book signing, was sentenced Thursday, July 27, 2017, to 12 years in prison. (Vigo County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File) Man sentenced for punching officer at Elizabeth Smart event
    Terre Haute, Ind. • An 80-year-old man convicted of battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from approaching kidnapping survivor Elizabe...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 07:48 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017 photo provided by South Korean Presidential Blue House, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, touches the dog named Tory at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. Moon has kept a campaign promise by adopting the shelter dog rescued from possible slaughter in a country where eating dogs is still popular. (South Korean Presidential Blue House via AP) South Korean leader adopts dog saved from possible slaughter
    Seoul, South Korea • South Korea’s president has kept a campaign promise by adopting a shelter dog rescued from possible slaughter in a country where ...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:18 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2002, file photo, University of Southern California quarterback Carson Palmer talks to O.J. Simpson after practice for the Orange Bowl in Davie, Fla. The two are winners of the Heisman trophy. USC head coach Todd Helton told reporters on July 27, 2017, that Simpson wouldn’t be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at his alma mater this fall following his release from prison. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter, File) O.J. Simpson won’t be invited to USC practices, functions
    Los Angeles • O.J. Simpson won’t be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at his alma mater this fall following his release...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Passers by look at the fire ball ride as Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stand guard at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.   The fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were injured when the thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) Man killed in fair thrill ride wreck joined Marines week ago
    Columbus, Ohio • A high school student who dreamed for years of joining the military and had just enlisted in the Marines was killed when a spinning a...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:13 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, gymnast Simone Biles arrives at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Biles shared a video of herself on July 27, 2017, taken after she had surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed. The Olympic champion appears on a recovery room bed with gauze in her mouth yelling something incomprehensible and pretending to drive a car. She wrote that she hopes the 27-second clip makes people laugh. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Simone Biles shares goofy video after wisdom teeth surgery
    Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is giving fans a glimpse of her goofy side in a video that shows her coming out of an anesthetic haze after surgery to ha...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:09 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speaks to members of the media at the White House in Washington. Scaramucci offered newsroom leaders a test on Thursday. They needed to decide whether to fully use the obscenities relied on by Scaramucci to describe fellow White House aides or talk around them. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) White House aide’s tirade tests editors and producers
    New York • A presidential aide’s explosion of profanity while talking to a reporter about his new White House colleagues tested newsroom leaders Thurs...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 08:07 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 19, 2014, file photo, bison graze near a stream in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent Dan Wenk says he’s taking disciplinary action against as many as 10 people after an investigation found women in the park’s maintenance division were subject to derogatory comments and actions. (AP Photo/Robert Graves, File) 10 at Yellowstone to be punished for harassment
    Billings, Mont. • As many as 10 workers in Yellowstone National Park’s maintenance division will be disciplined after an investigation found they subj...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 01:22 am   |     |   Share