Coal-state Dems threaten gov't shutdown over aid for miners
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hours to a government shutdown, coal-state Senate Democrats blocked swift action on a stopgap spending bill over benefits for retired miners and pressed President-elect Donald Trump, a self-proclaimed coal champion, to intervene with Republicans.
New coalition will push back on repeal of Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Supporters of the 2010 health care law will launch a political coalition Friday to block its repeal. They're targeting Republican lawmakers whose constituents may now be at risk of losing health insurance.
Big business warns Trump against mass deportation
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hardline immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.
Trump praises Michigan GOP while weighing RNC chairman callDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? Donald Trump may have more than just his gratitude to offer in Michigan when he visits the state that capped his stunning presidential victory last month. Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is a leading contender for the Republican National Committee's chairmanship.
Trump mobilizing Louisiana Republicans in final Senate race
NEW YORK (AP) ? President-elect Donald Trump is rallying supporters in Louisiana on Friday ahead of the state's Senate runoff election, aiming to pad the Republican majority he will inherit in the White House.
Russia says over 8,000 have fled rebel-held Aleppo in last 24 hours
The Russian military said on Friday it had helped more than 8,000 Syrian citizens flee parts of eastern Aleppo still controlled by rebels in the last 24 hours, including almost 3,000 children. The Russian military said in a statement that 14 rebels had also surrendered to Syrian government forces, laying down their weapons and crossing into western Aleppo. Russia's RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday as saying that the Syrian army, which has captured territory including Aleppo's historic Old City in recent days, had halted military activity to let civilians leave rebel-held territory.
The Latest: SKorea ups military readiness after impeachment
The Latest on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local): 5 p.m. South Korea's defense minister on Friday ordered heightened military readiness to brace for any possible ...
South Korean president is impeached in stunning fall
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.
Months after brother died at Pulse, sister reopens his salon
Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima cleanupTOKYO (AP) ? A Japanese government panel says an estimate of the total costs to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning costs expected to continue to rise.