Tea party gains voice in Trump's Cabinet with budget chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the White House budget office, giving the Republicans' tea party wing a voice in the Cabinet.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

GOP lawmakers grope for consensus on remaking health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders sketched broad outlines of a replacement for President Barack Obama's health care law that left rank-and-file GOP members at odds and questioning details and timing of how the GOP intends to deliver on its long-promised alternative.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Old alliances in doubt as world's top diplomats meet in Bonn

BONN, Germany (AP) — Envoys from 20 of the world's leading nations met Thursday in Germany to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises, against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

  • Written by FRANK JORDANS , Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Misplaced blame for nomination failure

WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt withdrawal of the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick for labor secretary brought swift blame from press secretary Sean Spicer, who said Democrats had "a double standard" for his party's president and former President Barack Obama.

  • Written by JIM DRINKARD , Associated Press

They're not dentists. Would you let them fill your cavities?

BOSTON (AP) — Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job.

  • Written by BOB SALSBERG , Associated Press