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Trump’s transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a former Army helicopter pilot who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm during the Iraq war, called Trump’s announcement discriminatory.…

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Why you still can’t ditch your cable box

July 27, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Not that long ago, the clunky cable box looked like it was on its way out. The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete.

That was then.…

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Trump: Nation closer to liberation from ‘Obamacare’

July 26, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Celebrating a slim but symbolic health-care win in Washington, President Donald Trump told supporters in Ohio on Tuesday night that the nation was one step closer to liberation from the “Obamacare nightmare.”

“You think that’s easy? That’s not easy,” he told a crowd of thousands just hours after the Senate took a small but hard-fought first step toward Republicans’ years-long promise to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law.…

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Texas’ Sales Tax Weekend Slated for Aug. 11-13

July 25, 2017

AUSTIN — Texans will have three days in August to shop for clothing and back-to-school supplies without having to worry about add on a sales tax, according to a release from the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

On Monday, officials with the Comptroller’s Office stated the 2017 Texas Sales Tax Holiday as being Aug.…

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Mexican officials: At least 25 people in truck were Mexican

July 25, 2017

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio.

It wasn’t long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started crying and pleading for water.…

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Suspect to be charged Monday after 9 die in sweltering truck

July 24, 2017

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man will be charged in federal court Monday following his arrest in the deaths of nine people whose “very hot” bodies were found in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a Texas parking lot alongside nearly 20 others who were still alive but in dire condition, federal prosecutors said.…

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White House indicates Trump would sign new sanctions bill

July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow.

Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess.…

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Lawsuits claim Texas loopholes allow illegal air emissions

July 21, 2017

FORT WORTH (AP) — An environmental group is attempting to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten Texas air pollution control permits that it says have loopholes that allow for illegal emissions, according to five federal lawsuits filed against the agency Thursday.

The suits brought by a coalition led by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project target Texas-issued permits for the ExxonMobil Baytown Olefins plant and refinery, the largest integrated petrochemical factory in the U.S.; Petrobras’ Pasadena refinery; the Saudi-owned Motiva Port Arthur refinery, the largest petroleum refinery in the U.S.; and SWEPCO’s Welsh coal-fired power plant east of Dallas.…

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GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it’s an uphill climb

July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain’s potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar.

The White House and GOP leaders fished Thursday for ways to win over recalcitrant senators, including an administration proposal to let states use Medicaid funds to help people buy their own private health insurance.…

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AP sources: US to ban Americans from traveling to NKorea

July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had decided to impose “geographic travel restriction” for North Korea, the officials said, which would make it illegal to use U.S.…

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