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Justices could avoid issuing verdict on Trump travel ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's travel ban offers the Supreme Court the chance to make a major pronouncement on the president's power over immigration. But the case also could vanish into the legal ether, and that may be what a majority of the court is hoping for....

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods
PASADENA, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city's ship channel....

AP sources: GOP tentatively agrees to $1.5T plan on tax cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top Republicans on a key Senate panel have reached a tentative agreement on a tax plan that would add about $1.5 trillion to the government's $20 trillion debt over 10 years, according to congressional officials....

Senate panel cancels private interview with Trump lawyer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A scheduled private meeting between President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and Senate committee staff was abruptly canceled on Tuesday amid a dispute over a public statement he issued before the meeting....

FEMA isn't relying on trailers to house hurricane victims
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago....

The Latest: Trump lawyer's statement derailed Senate meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election (all times local):...

The Latest: Trump says Qatar dispute can be solved quickly
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations (all times local):...

3 members of Congress arrested at Trump Tower protest
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested at a protest outside Trump Tower....

Tillerson speaks to Suu Kyi on Myanmar refugee crisis
NEW YORK (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by phone Tuesday with Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi about the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, the State Department said, as international condemnation intensified over the plight of the minority group....

At UN, Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if the nation's "Rocket man" leader does not abandon his drive toward nuclear weapons....

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