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Trump says protesting players in NFL should be fired
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- President Donald Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest....

McCain doesn't back GOP health care bill, drawing Trump ire
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program. It was the second time in three months the 81-year-old McCain emerged as the destroyer of his party's signature promise to voters....

North Korea's H-bomb threat comes with potential risks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?...

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking
The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election....

Trump assures voters Strange is a stronger Senate candidate
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- President Donald Trump says his pick in the Republican runoff for Senate in Alabama is getting a "bum rap" as a friend of the Senate's majority leader....

Closure at busy US-Mexico border crossing promises headaches
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico....

Head of House panel seeks tax relief for hurricane victims
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the House's tax-writing committee is putting forward legislation to give temporary tax relief to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria....

Investigators reviewing HHS chief's private charter flights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators are examining Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's recent use of costly charter flights on the taxpayers' dime for official business....

Evidence standards changed for campus assault investigations
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints....

Next version of Trump travel ban could be more tailored
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is weighing the next iteration of his controversial travel ban, which could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries....

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