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US lawmakers scuttle plan to limit airline change fees

Sep. 22, 2018 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have scuttled a plan to prohibit airlines from charging "unreasonable" fees for changing or canceling tickets. But U.S. House and Senate leaders say they will direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats as part of a new spending bill....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's errant claims on Kavanaugh, economy

Sep. 22, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juggling a suddenly hot-potato Supreme Court nomination and midterm-election jousting, President Donald Trump flubbed facts across a broad front over the past week. His comments about nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser betrayed a misunderstanding of how the process works. His claim to be...

The Latest: Trump says he won't rush North Korea deal

Sep. 21, 2018 9:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump says he won't rush into any deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump tells a rally Friday in Springfield, Missouri, that he received a "beautiful letter" two days ago from Kim. But he's not...

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

Sep. 21, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans said...

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

Sep. 20, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising the specter of a government shutdown in just 10 days, President Donald Trump complained Thursday that a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall with Mexico. Trump tweeted that he wants to know "where...

Federal agency withholds $500K for Oregon water study

Sep. 19, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is withholding $500,000 allocated for a water quality study of Oregon's Upper Klamath Lake, citing potential budget cuts. The bureau's Klamath Basin Area Office Manager Jeff Nettleton told the Klamath Tribes that the funding will be reprogramed to...

Administration sends states $1B in grants to battle opioids

Sep. 19, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding more than $1 billion in grants to help states confront the opioid epidemic, with most of the money going to expand access to treatment and recovery services. Officials say more than $900 million comes from a grant program Congress approved this spring...

Senate backs bill to avert shutdown, boost military spending

Sep. 18, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging, $854 billion bill that funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year and provides a short-term fix to keep the government open through early December. The measure includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and...

Dutch government expects unemployment to fall to record low

Sep. 18, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch economy will grow by 2.6 percent next year and unemployment will fall to a record low of 3.5 percent, the government said Tuesday as it presented its budget plans for the coming year. The projected sixth year of growth reflected an economy that has recovered strongly...

Humbled Illinois governor admits errors, pleads for 2nd term

Sep. 13, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A humbled Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of the most endangered state executives in the country, promised Thursday to be less confrontational and more understanding of his political opponents' views if voters give him a second chance in the November election. Fighting an uphill...