Hurricane Irma toll hits 10, increasing threat for Florida


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida.

  • Written by By DANICA COTO and ANIKA KENTISH , Associated Press

Governors back bipartisan Senate bid to control health costs


WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Republican and Democratic governors became the latest voices Thursday to endorse a bipartisan Senate drive to control health insurance costs in defiance of President Donald Trump.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Ryan aiming for mid- to low-20 percent corporate tax rate


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says the Republican tax plan will aim to reduce the corporate tax rate to mid- to low-20 percent — a smaller cut than what President Donald Trump wants.


Trump Jr. speaking with Senate committee staffers


WASHINGTON (AP) — The oldest son of President Donald Trump arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday morning for a private interview with congressional staff about a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Written by By MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

Hurricane aid measure grows to $15B as Irma bears down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have almost doubled the size of the disaster relief package for Harvey to more than $15 billion, a first installment to help communities in Texas rebuild from the storm — and stock reserves for looming damage from Hurricane Irma.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press