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Watchdog report points to power struggle involving VA pick
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A watchdog report ordered in 2012 by Dr. Ronny Jackson - President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs - found that he and a rival physician exhibited "unprofessional behaviors" as they engaged in a power struggle over the White House medical unit....

Trump, top Iran diplomat trade threats as US decision nears
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Iran's top diplomat traded sharp warnings on Tuesday, with Trump threatening "bigger problems" than ever if Tehran restarts its nuclear program. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif put the president on notice, telling The Associated Press if the U.S. pulls out of the nuclear deal, Iran "mostly likely" would abandon it, too....

Trump warns: Iran will pay if it restarts nuclear program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Weighing U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that if the Iranians "restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they've ever had before."...

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics
One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone....

Senate leaders try to get spending bills back on track
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's GOP and Democratic leaders can't agree on much, but they both say they want to dedicate weeks to passing legislation to fund the government next year - and avoid the annual take-it-or-leave-it vote on a foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus catchall spending bill....

Mystery grows over pro-Saudi tabloid: Embassy got sneak peek
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It landed with a thud on newsstands at Walmart and rural supermarkets last month: Ninety-seven fawning pages saluting Saudi Arabia, whose ambitious crown prince was soon to arrive in the U.S. on a PR blitz to transform his country's image....

In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."...

EPA chief signs proposal limiting science used in decisions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has signed a proposed rule that would restrict the types of scientific studies regulators can use to determine the impact of pesticide and pollution exposure on human health....

Q&A: How walkout by Arizona teachers is expected to play out
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Arizona teachers are poised to walk off the job this week to demand more funding for public education, an unprecedented action in this conservative state without many union protections....

Senate votes to confirm Trump nominee for US appeals court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has voted 50-47 to confirm one of President Donald Trump's nominees to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans....

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