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Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:32:33 GMT2017-08-19T12:32:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center arts awards to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House announced Saturday....



Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:16:25 GMT2017-08-19T06:16:25Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words....



Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:15:18 GMT2017-08-19T06:15:18Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff....



Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:24:49 GMT2017-08-19T00:24:49Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts....



Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:45:30 GMT2017-08-18T21:45:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David....



State Department email restored after worldwide outage

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:35:30 GMT2017-08-18T19:35:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- State Department email service has been restored after a nearly 12-hour worldwide outage hit its entire unclassified system....



Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:54:18 GMT2017-08-18T18:54:18Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The early eclipse weather forecast looks best in the West and least in the East with patchy clouds muddling up the picture in between....



Trump approves plan to create independent cyber command

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:25:40 GMT2017-08-18T16:25:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group and other foes....



Pentagon chief to visit Ukraine amid tensions with Russia

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:03:05 GMT2017-08-18T15:03:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit Ukraine next week to reassure government leaders that the U.S. does not accept Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region....



Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:54:16 GMT2017-08-18T14:54:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values the U.S. was founded on and promotes abroad....