Category: National News

What Congress did and didn’t do so far this year

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Lawmakers exited Washington for a seven-week recess with several major accomplishments to highlight for voters — the first overhaul of rules for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals in 40 years, a rescue package for cash-strapped Puerto Rico — and plenty of unfinished business. Partisanship and election-year politics prevented Congress from fulfilling President Barack Obama’s… Read more »

Trump keeps suspense alive over veep choice

By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — Donald Trump is keeping suspense alive over his choice of a running mate, sidelining the announcement because of the deadly attack in Nice, France. He’d planned to introduce his pick at a news conference Friday morning in New York, but said on Twitter Thursday evening that… Read more »

Finger-pointing over fingerprinting: Checks could be flawed

By DAVID PORTER (NEWARK, N.J., AP) — Raquel Vanderpool found out the hard way that while fingerprints don’t lie, they don’t always tell the whole truth. Vanderpool had been working as a nurse’s aide for nearly a decade when a change in state law required her Michigan employer to conduct FBI fingerprint background checks on… Read more »

Leaders of Black Lives Matter condemn violence in Dallas

(DALLAS, AP) — Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are condemning the slayings of police in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Shaun King is a blogger who rose to prominence following the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says… Read more »

Missouri US Senate candidates back balanced budget amendment

By DAVID A. LIEB (COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Democratic challenger Jason Kander sided Thursday with Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt by declaring his support for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kander said a balanced budget amendment would “help rein in out of control spending and strengthen our economy and security.” Blunt also… Read more »

Military veterans converge on Detroit for service projects

By COREY WILLIAMS (DETROIT, AP) — A few dozen U.S. military veterans and reservists are heading to Detroit in a mass deployment to perform service projects at city parks and schools. They are part of The Mission Continues, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that connects veterans with volunteer work to ease the post-military transition. They will… Read more »

Public can vote on national park site preservation funds

The Associated Press Twenty historic sites in national parks are vying for $2 million in preservation grants, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite places. The sites are listed at http://VoteYourPark.org . You can vote once a day for up to five parks of your choice through July 5. Grant requests range… Read more »

US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade. The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is the… Read more »