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Interior watchdog probes agency's newly confirmed chief

Apr. 15, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department's internal investigators have begun probing allegations of conflicts of interest involving Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, they confirmed Monday, just four days after the Senate confirmed the former corporate lobbyist to lead the agency. Deputy Interior...

Enes Kanter making most of second chance with Trail Blazers

Apr. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Looking back on it now, the Trail Blazers were clearly smart to pick up Enes Kanter after he was waived by the New York Knicks. Kanter was brought aboard by Portland as insurance for the final stretch of the season, meant to back up starter Jusuf Nurkic. Then Nurkic broke his leg and...

Senate confirms ex-lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead Interior

Apr. 11, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. Senators voted 56-41 to approve...

Mnuchin puts off decision on providing Trump tax returns

Apr. 10, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the department hasn't decided whether to comply with a demand by a key House Democrat to deliver President Donald Trump's tax returns and won't meet a Wednesday deadline to provide them. In a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard...

Democrats want feds to target the 'black box' of AI bias

Apr. 10, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the "black box" of tech companies' artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks. One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory...

Heated debate over high drug costs returns to Capitol Hill

Apr. 9, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

Patient bills, competition and secrecy shared the spotlight Tuesday as pharmacy benefit managers testified before Congress about prescription drug prices. Members of a Senate Finance Committee investigating drug costs pushed the benefit managers to explain why they can't do more to control prices and to reveal...

McConnell: Willing to offer hemp bill to resolve 'glitches'

Apr. 8, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As hemp enters a new era as a legal agricultural commodity, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he's willing to offer follow-up legislation to resolve any "glitches" stemming from mistaken identity between the crop and its lookalike, illicit cousin. That includes...

Big Tech feels the heat as US moves to protect consumer data

Apr. 8, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and make money off people's personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their...

Watchdog to examine Medicare chief's publicity spending

Apr. 5, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog said Friday it will review costly outside contracts to handle public relations for Medicare chief Seema Verma, whose agency oversees health insurance programs covering more than 100 million Americans. Responding to a request by congressional Democrats, the Health and...

States move to legalize CBD to end confusion over US rules

Apr. 5, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation's two largest states and others...