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Top Republican to press for $705 billion defense budget

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:38pm

An influential House committee chairman will press his case on Monday for a $705 billion defense budget in 2018, more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a level even a number of his Republican colleagues don't support.

California's giant water tunnels win first crucial approval

Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:23pm

U.S. wildlife officials gave crucial first approval Monday to California Gov. Jerry Brown's decades-old ambitions to build two massive tunnels that would re-engineer the water system in the nation's most populous state.

Jury pick starts in UN-bribery trial of Chinese billionaire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:20pm

Jury selection has begun in the New York criminal trial of a Chinese billionaire charged with trying to bribe United Nations diplomats to ease approval of a U.N. conference center.

UAE military buildup draws scrutiny after Yemen allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:12pm

With soccer sponsorships, record-setting skyscrapers and wintertime golfing, the United Arab Emirates has projected an image of comfort and opportunity in a volatile region. But the quiet expansion of its military footprint is drawing a different kind of attention to the Gulf federation as it wades into some of the region's messiest conflicts.

Morocco Most Democratic Country in Arab World According to Latest Arab Democracy Index

Moroccan American Center for Policy (MacP), Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:10pm

Morocco ranks as the most democratic country in the Arab world according to the Arab Democracy Index, released earlier this month by the Arab Reform Initiative and The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. This fifth iteration of the report examines survey data to measure the democratic transition process in Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco.

Airline vet to lead Amtrak in a summer of repairs, reckoning

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:03pm

America's railroad is turning to an airline industry veteran to lead it through a summer of reckoning for congested tracks and crumbling infrastructure.

CNN retracts story about supposed Russian meeting

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:54pm

CNN wasn't saying Monday what led it to retract a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:50pm

Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.

Mongolia's ruling party candidate loses in presidential race

Ganbat Namjilsangarav and Grace Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:47pm

The Mongolian ruling party's candidate lost in presidential elections to a populist business tycoon and a nationalist wanting the country to benefit more from its mineral wealth, preliminary results early Tuesday showed. The election was headed for a runoff.

The Latest: US gives initial OK to California water tunnels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:45pm

The Latest on California Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to build $16 billion water tunnels (all times local):

Cyprus signs deal to build 'Europe's largest casino'

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:43pm

Cyprus signed a deal Monday for the construction of what officials say will be Europe's biggest casino.

Indiana water park's owners apologize for children's burns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:43pm

A company that operates a northwestern Indiana water park authorities closed after 11 children suffered chemical burns says it's "profoundly sorry" for the injuries.

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:34pm

The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize announced Monday.

Promised college loan forgiveness, borrowers wait and wait

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:24pm

Danielle Ramos' student-debt nightmare was supposed to be over.

The Latest: AMA says GOP health bill will harm patients

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:20pm

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times local):

The Latest: UK government pledges more fire survivor funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:56am

The Latest on Britain's response to the Grenfell Tower fire (all times local):

New study of Seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:45am

Seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released Monday that contradicted another new study published last week.

Senate Democrats: Boost domestic spending, not just defense

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:17am

Senate Democrats, whose support is needed to pass more than $1 trillion worth of Cabinet department budgets, are demanding that domestic agencies receive budget increases, not just the Pentagon.

London's fire symptomatic of larger safety issues globally

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 11:07am

The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy.

Yellowstone wants brucellosis quarantine facility for bison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 10:57am

Yellowstone National Park is taking steps toward turning part of its bison trap at the northern edge of the park into a certified brucellosis quarantine facility.