Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development.

  • Written by MARK THIESSEN , Associated Press

Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump.

  • Written by HOPE YEN , Associated Press

Environmentalists triumph as Senate upholds drilling rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

ACA exchanges grow thinner with Aetna leaving for 2018

While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges.

  • Written by TOM MURPHY , AP Health Writer

DeVos booed speaking at historically black university

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Drawing shouts of "Liar!" and "Just go," Education Secretary Betsy DeVos powered through her commencement address Wednesday at a historically black university, even as many of the graduating students turned their backs to her in protest.

 

  • Written by TERRANCE HARRIS , Associated Press