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Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump’s travel ban

left right Shanez Tabarsi (L) is greeted by her daughter Negin after traveling to the U.S. from Iran following a federal court's temporary stay of U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder 1/12 left right Iranian citizen …

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U.S. House speaker: Obamacare replacement law to pass this year

By Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives' Republican leader said on Tuesday that legislation to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will be completed this year, trying to assuage concerns that the party is retreating from its campaign promise to dismantle Obamacare. "We are …

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Pence breaks Senate tie to confirm DeVos as education secretary

Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas By Richard Cowan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed …

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Trump’s pick for labor secretary admits to employing illegal immigrant

U.S. President Donald Trump is welcomed as he speaks to commanders and coalition representatives during a visit to U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, U.S., February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria By Sarah N. Lynch | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald …

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John F. Kelly, DHS chief: Southwest border is ‘gaping wound’ in homeland security

The lack of a border wall is “a gaping wound” in the country’s defenses, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Tuesday, saying Border Patrol officials in the ground in Texas and Arizona can point to exact spots where fencing is needed right now. Mr. Kelly also promised a marked …

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Betsy DeVos wins confirmation as education secretary

Flexing their slim majority, Republicans powered President Trump’s education secretary nominee through the Senate on Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting his first vote to break the tie and officially confirm Betsy DeVos. Democrats, urged on by their powerful backers in the teachers’ unions, had singled her out for …

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House panel advances bill to keep jackpot winners off Medicaid

House Republicans tried to kickstart their bid to replace Obamacare Tuesday by advancing bills that prevent lottery winners or other undeserving people from qualifying for Medicaid, saying the government insurance program for the poor is costing taxpayers too much and cannot bear enrollees who don’t need it. Rep. Michael Burgess …

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Las Vegas mosque increases security due to threats

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Las Vegas mosque is increasing security after receiving threatening emails in connection to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2kJzv4l ) that officials with the Islamic Society of Nevada Mosque in Las Vegas say they received two emails after …

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The Latest: Gold coins, trips form backdrop in bribery trial

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Latest on the corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow (all times local): 10:06 a.m. A corruption scandal that prosecutors say connected wealthy businessmen and powerful politicians against a backdrop of luxury vacations, gold coins and a surreptitiously recorded meeting at a …

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Minnesota governor to undergo surgery for cancer in March

FILE PHOTO: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton high fives Mia' Rose Strickland, 2, as she is held by her grandmother Verretta Strickland at a memorial picnic for Philandro Castile at the J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Miller/File Photo Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton …

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