WASHINGTON - The feud between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats reached new heights of animosity Wednesday after Trump angrily walked out of a White House meeting on the nation's infrastructure, insisting he would not work with Democrats unless they abandon their inquiries into his businesses, presidency and personal finances. "Get these phony investigations over with," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden, moments after he spent three minutes in the Cabinet Room raging against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and other
The Environmental Protection Agency is pulling from the market a dozen products containing pesticides known to be toxic to a linchpin of the U.S. food system -- the honeybee. The agency announced Monday, May 20, it has canceled the registrations of 12 pest-killing products with compounds belonging to a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as part of a legal settlement.
U.S. antitrust officials are investigating potentially anti-competitive practices in the residential real estate brokerage business, with a focus on compensation to brokers and restrictions on their access to listings. The probe was detailed in a civil investigative demand, which is akin to a subpoena, issued by the Justice Department to CoreLogic Inc., which provides real estate data to government agencies, lenders and other housing-market participants.
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore still isn't able to provide basic city services two weeks after a powerful ransomware attack. And a full recovery may take months, Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young says. The damage includes police surveillance cameras that are shut down and utilities payment systems that were forced offline. Broad phone and email outages are also forcing city workers to do what work they can with personal laptops and email accounts, Ars Technica's Sean Gallagher reports.
WASHINGTON -- A group of mostly Democratic states filed lawsuits against the Trump administration on Tuesday, May 21, challenging a new federal rule that gives health care providers, insurers and employers greater latitude to refuse to provide or pay for medical services that they say violate their religious or moral beliefs.
Venezuela's opposition is engaging in a blitz of diplomacy in the aftermath of last month's abortive uprising, including talks with the government of President Nicolás Maduro. But the opposition's most important international backer - the United States - is skeptical of Maduro's good faith, or that the talks will lead to his removal from office. The opposition, led by Juan Guaidó, sent emissaries to Oslo last week for talks brokered by the Norwegian government with two senior Maduro loyalists, including Jorge Rodríguez, the government's communications minister.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday proposed a new rule that would weaken Obama-era protections for homeless transgender people, allowing federally funded shelters to deny people admission on religious grounds or force transgender women to share bathrooms and sleeping quarters with men. The proposed rule comes one day after HUD Secretary Ben Carson assured members of Congress that the agency had no plans to eliminate the 2012 Equal Access Rule, which banned federal housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump abruptly ended a meeting with Democratic leaders Wednesday, saying he was unable to work with them on legislation following comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that he was "engaged in a coverup." Trump made an unscheduled appearance in the Rose Garden shortly afterward and in a meandering 10-minute address said he had left the meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., at which they were supposed to talk about working together on a $2 billion infrastructure plan. "Instead of walking in happily to a meeting, I wa
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio - In a dungeon-like jail in the center of this depressed farming town, 18 women in orange-and-white-striped prison uniforms are crammed into a two-story cellblock. Many of them are withdrawing from fentanyl. The jail, built in 1884 to hold 24, now houses 55 men and women, a number that can swell to as many as 90.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of tick-borne diseases is increasing at a record pace while the geographic range of ticks continues to expand. Lyme disease is the most commonly-known tick-borne disease, but other diseases, such as ehrlichiosis and STARI, have been discovered and the list of tick-related illnesses continues to grow. Tick bites have even been found to cause allergic reactions to red meat in some people.