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White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 8:40pm

President Donald Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community grants so U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico, can cover the down payment on the border wall.

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 8:32pm

The chairman of the House intelligence committee refused Tuesday to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations brought new cries of protest from Democrats.

Police reports say student pilot crashed plane on purpose

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 8:10pm

Police say the student pilot of a small plane that crashed near the Connecticut headquarters of military jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney fought his instructor and probably crashed deliberately.

As time dwindles, another 'bathroom bill' fix effort fizzles

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 8:01pm

Efforts among North Carolina leaders to take the state's "bathroom bill" off the books before a deadline to stem further economic losses evaporated late Tuesday and devolved into more finger-pointing by Republican lawmakers and the Democratic governor.

The Latest: Idaho lawmakers close to adjourning for the year

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 7:20pm

The Latest on the Idaho Legislature preparing to finish the 2017 session (all times local):

Senate, White House pass on House push to revive health bill

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 7:20pm

Senate Republicans and White House officials sounded ready to abandon efforts to repeal and replace the nation's health care law, at least for now, even as House Republicans — and the president himself — insisted Tuesday they were not ready to give up.

Transportation cruises to Idaho governor's desk

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 6:43pm

A massive transportation funding bill and a last-minute tax cut plan successfully cleared Idaho Statehouse on Tuesday, leaving legislative leaders hopeful they are inching nearer to the end of the 2017 session.

Club operator denies security bypass allowed before shooting

Dan Sewell and John Seewer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 6:33pm

A Cincinnati nightclub operator denies that some patrons were allowed to bypass security checks that included metal-detection wands before a gunbattle erupted, killing one man and injuring 16 other people.

The Latest: Another effort at 'bathroom bill' fix fizzles

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 6:10pm

The Latest on efforts at the North Carolina legislature to repeal or replace a state law limiting LGBT protections and which public restrooms transgender people can use (all times local):

Wells Fargo to pay $110M to settle fake account suit

Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:50pm

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday.

The Latest: Herbert signs bill allowing Zion Curtain changes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:44pm

The Latest on changes to Utah liquor laws (all times local):

Protesters march in French Guiana ahead of negotiations

Pierre-Olivier Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:42pm

More than 10,000 protesters clad mostly in black marched in French Guiana's capital Tuesday to demand better treatment from France on the second day of a general strike over crime and economic hardship in the South American territory.

House votes to block Obama-era online privacy rule

Kevin Freking, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:33pm

The House voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

Military digging up WWII battle remains from Hawaii cemetery

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:24pm

Military and Veterans Affairs officials are digging up the remains of 94 unidentified Marines and sailors killed on a remote atoll in the Pacific during one of World War II's bloodiest battles.

Nicaragua high court denies farmers' appeal of canal project

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:24pm

Nicaragua's Supreme Court has rejected a farmer group's appeal seeking to block a proposed $50 billion interoceanic canal.

Governor signs off on big changes to Utah liquor laws

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:23pm

State alcohol regulators are gearing up for some of the most sweeping changes to Utah liquor laws in several years. Governor Gary Herbert signed HB442 Tuesday, a compromise bill that gives business the option to remove the so-called Zion curtain.

Easing coal rules unlikely to make US energy independent

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:12pm

The Trump administration is gutting Obama-era regulations opposed by the coal industry, but the strategy isn't likely to have much effect on U.S. energy independence.

Lawsuit: Waffle House grease seeped onto neighbor's property

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:00pm

An Alabama man says in a federal lawsuit that grease and sewage from a nearby Waffle House seeped onto his property, doing thousands of dollars in damage.

Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter returns to teach at Harvard

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:00pm

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter is the latest member of Barack Obama's cabinet heading to the world of academia.

House GOP blocks effort by Democrats to obtain Trump's taxes

Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 4:53pm

House Republicans on Tuesday blocked more attempts by Democrats to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns from the IRS.