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Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation drug plan

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thurs­day that would allow Medi­care to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as ...

Suit troubles press freedom advocates

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The former administrator for Iowa’s third-largest city is suing the area’s biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin’s lawsuit ...

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Amazon goes green to tackle climate change Online shopping giant Amazon has revealed a carbon footprint that rivals that of a small country, and is vowing to reduce the damage to the planet by cutting its use of fossil fuels. The company ships more than a 10 billion items a year on ...

8th death as vaping illnesses top 500

NEW YORK — More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday. An eighth death was also reported. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration revealed that its criminal investigations unit ...

‘Urgent’ whistleblower disclosure blocked

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plunged into an extraordinary showdown with Congress Thursday over access to a whistleblower’s reported complaint about incidents including a private conversation between President Donald Trump and a foreign leader. The blocked complaint is both ...

Imelda soaks Texas

CHINA, Texas — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dangerously flooded parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, scrambling rescue crews and volunteers with boats to reach scores of stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew ...

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TEXAS FAA chief tries Boeing Max simulator DALLAS — The nation’s top aviation regulator has tested new software for the Boeing 737 Max in a flight simulator and is tentatively giving a favorable review to the updates to a plane that remains grounded after two deadly crashes. The new ...

World

YEMEN Blast in kills 6 government troops SANAA — Yemeni security officials said Wednesday an explosion targeting a government military convoy killed at least six Yemeni troops and one Saudi Arabian officer. The blast took place in the eastern Hadramawt province, far from the part of ...

Governor: Suicide bomb kills 20

KABUL, Afghanistan — A powerful suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan early Thursday morning, killing 20 people and wounding 97 others, according to the province’s governor, while a deadly drone strike in the country’s east was blamed on U.S. forces. The ...

Iran envoy: ‘All-out war’ if attacked

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Any attack on Iran by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia will spark an “all-out war,” Tehran’s top diplomat warned Thursday, raising the stakes as Washington and Riyadh weigh a response to a drone-and-missile strike on the kingdom’s oil industry that shook global ...

Wife of House Majority Whip Clyburn

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Emily Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina who helped raise millions of dollars to help students attend the alma mater they shared, died in Columbia on Thursday morning, according to the congressman’s office. She was 80 years old. Rep. ...

Trump revokes authority to set strict fuel standards

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming ...

Report: Well cleaning could cost US

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. taxpayers could face potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that it identified almost 2,300 wells ...

Trump names O’Brien national security adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O’Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O’Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration’s ...

Saudis couldn’t stop oil attack

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America’s most advanced weaponry failed to fill. In addition to deciding whether that firepower should be turned on Iran in ...

Bermuda lashed by heavy winds

MIAMI — Powerful winds from Hurricane Humberto began hitting Bermuda on Wednesday as the government urged people to stay off the streets during the British territory’s close brush with the powerful Category 3 storm. And another growing storm threatened tourist resorts along Mexico’s ...

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ARIZONA Government transfers land for wall PHOENIX — The Department of Interior said it is transferring 560 acres of federal land to the U.S. Army to speed up construction on 70 miles of border wall in West Texas, California and Arizona. This marks the first time the government has ...

World

BULGARIA Saudi-led group to construct pipeline SOFIA — Bulgaria’s state gas operator signed a $1.2 billion construction contract with a Saudi-led group Wednesday for building a natural gas pipeline that would carry Russian natural gas from the much larger TurkStream pipeline into parts of ...

Trudeau: ‘A dumb thing to do’

TORONTO — Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign for national elections was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001. The prime minister apologized and said “it was a dumb thing to do.” Time magazine posted the ...

Author Graeme Gibson

NEW YORK — Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85. Gibson’s death was announced Wednesday by Doubleday, which has published both Gibson and Atwood. He had been suffering from dementia. “We are ...