House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER , Associated Press

Trump limits IRS action over church political activity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, though his executive order on religious freedom is disappointing some of his supporters.

  • Written by CATHERINE LUCEY and RACHEL ZOLL , Associated Press

Dallas suburb faces racial backlash after shooting

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Dallas suburb where a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager as he left a party has a population that's just 20 percent white but a police department that's 80 percent white.

 

  • Written by CLAUDIA LAUER, NOMAAN MERCHANT and JAMIE STENGLE , Associated Press

Army photographer captures her own death in mortar explosion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Army has published the final photo of a combat photographer who captured on camera the blast that killed her in an accidental mortar explosion in Afghanistan nearly four years ago. The Army's professional journal says the image illustrates how women are increasingly exposed to dangerous situations in the military.

 

  • Written by BRIAN WITTE , Associated Press

House passes $1.1T government spending bill, sends to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with Mexico and massive military buildup.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press