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Washington • While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was in frequent contact with fossil fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. This was shown …

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  • In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. The Trump administration could revise or withdraw an Obama-era directive requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity. Spicer said Tuesday the Justice Department is working on a new set of guidelines on bathroom access but offered no other details. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Trump administration to revoke transgender bathroom guidelines
    Washington • The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines that tell public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker roo...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist’s conception of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f may look like, based on available data about its diameter, mass and distances from the host star. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP) 7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life
    Cape Canaveral, Fla. • For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds cou...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks in Washington. Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press)  . (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate
    Washington • The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by ...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:42 am   |     |   Share
  • Navajo officials: Plan in place to fix vets housing program
    Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation officials say they have a plan for improving a problem-plagued veterans housing program. Tribal President Russell B...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:39 am   |     |   Share


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    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:33 am   |     |   Share
  • DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump
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  • House speaker getting firsthand look at US-Mexico border
    McAllen, Texas • U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administra...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 11:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Molly Hitt, of Boston, displays an American flag while standing in front of a memorial to the Irish potato famine, right, during a rally called ’We Will Persist,’ Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Boston. According to organizers the rally was held to send a message to Republicans in Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump that they will continue to press for immigration rights and continued affordable healthcare coverage. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Trump’s expansion of deportation rules means ‘a new reality’ for immigrants in Utah, U.S.
    Under an expansive rewrite of immigration policy, President Donald Trump’s administration has outlined aggressive plans to speed deportations and expa...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Feb. 17, 2017, photo shows a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft used for a NASA-led experiment called SnowEx, on an airfield at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world’s mountain snows - water that sustains a substantial share of the global population. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
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    Updated Feb 21 2017 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • The Trump presidency exists in a bubble
    President Donald Trump’s speech over the weekend along Florida’s Space Coast - effectively a campaign rally staged just one month into his term - serv...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Trump administration seeks to prevent ‘panic’ over new immigration enforcement policies
    The Trump administration sought to allay fears in immigrant communities Tuesday as it publicly released wide-ranging new guidelines that allow federal...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 01:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 photo, Shane Johnson displays some of his tattoos as he poses in his home in Tippecanoe, Ind. Johnson was born into extremism is in the process of covering some of his racist tattoos with new ones and wears long sleeves to hide remnants of his past he regrets. His father and many of his father’s relatives were part of the Klan, he said, so there was only one real way for him to go as a youth. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups
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  • An aide of Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, right, holds a head scarf as he tries to convince French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, center, to wear it during her meeting with the Mufti but she refused, at Dar al-Fatwa the headquarters of the Sunni Mufti, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Le Pen refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon’s Grand mufti after his aides asked her to wear a head scarf. Le Pen said she met in the past with the Grand mufti of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, one of the world’s top Sunni clerics, without wearing a veil. Once she was told it is different here, Le Pen walked toward her car and left. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric
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    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Trump visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Washington • President Donald Trump paid a visit Tuesday to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in a nod to a c...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 09:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Mom mails garbage to college student who didn’t empty trash
    New Wilmington, Pa. • A Pennsylvania college student got a reminder to take out the trash when his mother sent him some garbage in a care package. Eig...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • People walk through toppled graves at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Authorities in Missouri are investigating after dozens of headstones were tipped over at the Jewish cemetery near St. Louis. (Robert Cohen /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) Trump condemns acts of anti-Semitism in U.S.
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    Updated Feb 21 2017 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE – In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Legal arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection process, and specifically the effectiveness of the sedative midazolam, are set to be heard by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Cincinnati, months before the state hopes to start carrying out executions again. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process
    Columbus, Ohio • A federal appeals plans to consider arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio’s lethal injection process as the state tries to sta...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Israeli soldier sentenced to 18 months for killing disarmed Palestinian attacker
    Tel Aviv • A military tribunal sentenced an Israeli soldier to 18 months in prison Tuesday for killing of a disarmed Palestinian attacker, noting the ...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 09:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Justices reject appeal of tea party groups over IRS review
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    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Progress made on reducing Yellowstone bison herd
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    Updated Feb 21 2017 08:18 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Feb 20 2017 05:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin addresses a Security Council meeting at the United Nations. Russian officials said their ambassador to United Nations, Churkin, has died in New York City on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) Russia’s U.N. ambassador — adversary and friend
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  • Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban
    St. Paul, Minn. • Minnesota lawmakers on Monday put a massive crack in the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales, overwhelmingly voting to repeal the Pro...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 04:16 pm   |     |   Share