Government and politics

December 14, 2017 - 2:42 pm
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials want to fine an Idaho company that sent radioactive materials across the country that leaked from lead containers and exposed FedEx workers. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday announced a proposed $22,400 fine for Idaho Falls-based Qal-Tek...
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December 14, 2017 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday The operator was unaware the Federal Aviation Administration had temporarily banned drone...
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December 14, 2017 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will trumpet his administration's efforts to roll back federal regulations at the White House on Thursday. Trump signed an executive order days after taking office in which he directed agencies to identify two regulations to cut for every new one they intend...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2016 file photo Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.,right, speaks with reporters as Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairman of the House Democrats' campaign committee called on Kihuen to step down after a report Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, that he allegedly sexually harassed his campaign's finance director. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen,File)
December 14, 2017 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh accusation of sexual misconduct in a Congress that has become increasingly less tolerant, a Nevada lawmaker is facing pressure from Democratic leadership to step aside. The Nevada Independent reported new allegations by a lobbyist who said Democratic Rep. Ruben...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. Newly released records show Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer. Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 2:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department say they have been harassed or discriminated against in the past year, the department said Thursday. Results from the department's survey of its 70,000 employees, who answered anonymously, show that 8 percent reported...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
December 14, 2017 - 2:21 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the U.S. is only hurting itself with investigations of alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and the Kremlin leader vowed he won't allow the radical opposition at home to challenge the status quo as he seeks re-...
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In this Sept. 21, 2017 photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump's failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to serve as head of the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention amid bipartisan opposition in the Senate.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 14, 2017 - 2:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump's failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that doesn't require Senate confirmation. Michael L. Dourson withdrew his nomination Wednesday to...
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Vice President Mike Pence, flanked by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., right, and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., third from right, listens to President Donald Trump speak during a bicameral meeting with lawmakers working on the tax cuts in the Cabinet Meeting Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 14, 2017 - 1:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will delay and curtail his upcoming trip to the Middle East to be on hand for an upcoming Senate tax vote and take into account the unwillingness of Palestinians and others to meet with him while in Egypt and Israel. The White House said Thursday that...
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Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., a member of the Senate Finance Committee, confers with an aide as tax bill conferees gather to work on the sweeping GOP plan, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 1:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican tax plan seems about to hand a bow-tied holiday gift to some of America's richest multinational companies, from Apple and Microsoft to Google's parent Alphabet: Tens of billions in tax breaks on profits they've parked overseas. Republicans say they're confident the...
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Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, arrives for a House Committee on the Judiciary oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Two Republicans say that Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold won't seek re-election next year. The lawmaker is under pressure from sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced three years ago but have come under renewed focus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 14, 2017 - 1:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election next year, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other industries. In a...
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