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Shutdown threat eases as Dems signal retreat on miners' aid

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:34:03 GMT2016-12-10T00:34:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners....

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:22:05 GMT2016-12-10T00:22:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned....

US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:19:30 GMT2016-12-10T00:19:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Homeland Security Department moved closer Friday to solving the mystery about why the state of Georgia believed the federal government was trying to hack its election systems....

The Latest: CBS to interview Trump during Army-Navy game

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:54:48 GMT2016-12-09T23:54:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):...

The Latest: No deal yet but gov't shutdown unlikely

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:08:02 GMT2016-12-09T23:08:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times local):...

Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:04:22 GMT2016-12-09T23:04:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Coal-state Democrats waged a fight for health benefits for thousands of retired miners, pointing to President Harry S. Truman's promise 70 years ago guaranteeing a lifetime of coverage. The stopgap spending bill contains a short-term fix and the issue will be revisited next spring....

Experts: Balloon pilot was on 10 different medications

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:56:42 GMT2016-12-09T22:56:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Texas in July, killing 16 people, was taking medications that should have precluded him from flying, medical experts testified at a federal hearing on Friday....

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:14:42 GMT2016-12-09T22:14:42Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years....

Lynch to visit mosque amid spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:05:04 GMT2016-12-09T22:05:04Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Loretta Lynch is visiting a mosque in Virginia next week amid a sharp increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims....

US airstrike killed militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:00:30 GMT2016-12-09T22:00:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and assassinations in Tunisia was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday....