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5 GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Alan Fram and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:12am

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget

Sara Burnett, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 9:12am

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.

Russia's Putin: Top goal for journalists is 'do not offend'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:30am

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the most important principle for journalists is to avoid upsetting those featured in their articles and television broadcasts.

Judge sides with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, dismisses suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:23am

A judge has ruled in favor of one of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care, clearing the company of wrongdoing in an alleged $20 million scam to bilk the federal government.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and missions unaccomplished

Jim Drinkard and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:34am

President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they're not.

Italian PM 'guarantees' savers' accounts in 2 troubled banks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:10am

Italy's premier says holders of accounts in two troubled Italian banks will have their savings guaranteed despite insolvency proceedings.

Trump leaving McConnell to handle Senate bill on health care

Andrew Taylor and Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 2:21am

Donald Trump's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn't helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to him. Most of his top advisers have little Washington experience — and it's showed.

Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:13am

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.

Consumer issues stemming from the GOP health care initiative

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 12:53am

Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation's health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond "Obamacare."

Tallest building west of Mississippi River opens in LA

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:52pm

The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened its doors on Friday in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles, which is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers.

The Latest: Evacuated London residents express anger, fear

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 9:00pm

The Latest on London's public housing tower fire on June 14 that has killed at least 79 people (all times local):

Company: 5th worker has died after Wisconsin mill explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:13pm

A Wisconsin company says a fifth worker has died after an explosion last month at its corn milling plant.

California Assembly leader shelves single-payer health plan

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 8:01pm

The prospects of a government-run health care system in California dimmed Friday when the leader of the state Assembly announced he doesn't plan to take up the single-payer bill this year.

Court says Iowa lottery rigging investigation took too long

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:43pm

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a lottery employee implicated in a nationwide cheating scandal, saying his trial over a rigged $16.5 million jackpot was tainted by unjustified delays in the investigation.

Nevada's on-again, off-again marijuana sales back on

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:40pm

Nevada regulators reaffirmed their intentions Friday to issue licenses necessary for retailers to begin selling pot for recreational use on July 1 while complying with a court order in a lawsuit filed by alcohol wholesalers who want a piece of the pot distribution business.

Lobbyist wounded in GOP baseball shooting leaves hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:21pm

Another victim of the mass shooting that critically injured a congressman is out of the hospital.

Trump admin OKs drone sale to India, manufacturer says

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:03pm

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.

The Latest: Nevada's Heller opposes GOP health bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:00pm

The Latest on the Senate GOP health care bill (all times EDT):

US investigates after lab improperly ships nuclear material

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 6:12pm

U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record.

Breast milk jeweler ordered to refund customers, return milk

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 6:12pm

A Rhode Island company that makes jewelry from breast milk has been ordered to refund customers and return the breast milk they sent.