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Open-pit phosphate mines approved in Idaho with safeguards

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it approved the Caldwell Canyon...

Apparent Trump plan to cut foreign aid draws bipartisan fire

Aug. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democrats in Congress teamed up Friday to oppose what appears to be a Trump administration plan to cut the foreign aid budget. The administration hasn't announced whether it plans to seek the cut. But the Office of Management and Budget instructed the State Department and...

Senators advance bill to punish, sanction Saudi Arabia

Jul. 25, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel advanced legislation Thursday that would suspend arms transfers to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions on members of the royal family. The bill was introduced by the top Democrat on the panel, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and was sent to the full Senate over the objections...

A half-hour away: How Trump opted against Iran strike

Jun. 21, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The planes were ready — their deadly cargo poised for delivery within a half-hour. President Donald Trump had been given a series of options Thursday night on how to respond to Iran's downing of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Senior military advisers zeroed in on a plan...