House panel introduces $578 billion Pentagon spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel unveiled a $578 billion spending bill to keep the U.S. armed forces operating through September as President Donald Trump has vowed to add billions more for what he's described as a depleted American military.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

GOP, Dem foes of health care bill search Capitol for copy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and a Republican senator prowled the Capitol on Thursday hunting for the draft GOP health care bill, using a show of histrionics to try embarrassing Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders who vowed just this week to be transparent in their efforts to repeal and replace the law.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Trump says no reason for Sessions to leave Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Republicans joined Democratic leaders Thursday in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step aside from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election. President Donald Trump said there was no need and he retains "total" confidence in Sessions.


  • Written by ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Senate confirms Carson, Perry for housing, energy posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's former rivals for the GOP White House nomination won Senate confirmation Thursday to join his administration.

  • Written by JENNIFER C. KERR and MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

3 skiers killed, 5 hurt in avalanche in Italian Alps

MILAN (AP) — Italian alpine rescuers say three skiers have been killed in avalanche in the northern Italian Alps near the French border that injured another five people.