State Dept. reviewing $221 million payment to PalestiniansWASHINGTON (AP) ? The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.
Endangered Hawaiian monk seal population rises to 1,400
HONOLULU (AP) ? The population of Hawaiian monk seals, one world's most critically endangered marine mammals, has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday.
Michele making best of inauguration performance
Trump expands anti-abortion ban to all US global health aid
President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information to all organizations receiving ...
Lead levels fall below federal limits in Flint, Michigan: state
(Reuters) - Lead levels in Flint, Michigan's drinking water, the focus of a public health crisis, have fallen below federal limits, state officials said on Tuesday, although they cautioned residents to keep using filtered water as the city's old lead pipes are replaced. Tests showed lead levels in the city's drinking water were 12 parts per billion (ppb) between July and December, below the federal limit of 15 ppb, Michigan officials said in a statement.
Trump clears way for controversial oil pipelines
By Steve Holland and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders on Tuesday smoothing the path for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines in a move to expand energy infrastructure and roll back key Obama administration environmental actions. Oil producers in Canada and North Dakota are expected to benefit from a quicker route for crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refiners. Trump campaigned on promises to increase domestic energy production.
Rest over as Patriots begin Super Bowl prep for Falcons
Sexist, vulgar posts on women's marches rebound on officials
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? A school board member in Hillary Clinton's hometown resigned after making a derogatory reference on Twitter to the female anatomy in describing women marching against President Donald Trump. An Illinois teacher was pulled from the classroom for tweets deemed sexist. And a freshman Indiana lawmaker was inundated with criticism over a Facebook post mocking "fat women."
Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration
By Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter. In addition to Syria, Trump's orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees.
Trump admin orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout
The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within ...