EPA contract freeze, media blackout leave states confused

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration freeze on new Environmental Protection Agency contracts and grant awards raised fears that states and other recipients could lose essential funding for drinking water protection, hazardous waste oversight and a host of other programs — while a communications blackout left them dangling in uncertainty.

  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER and JOHN FLESHER , Associated Press

Trump announces 'major' voter fraud investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering a "major investigation" into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he's made repeatedly about a rigged voting system.

  • Written by JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press

Extremist gunmen storm hotel in Somali capital, 8 killed

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least eight people were dead and 14 injured Wednesday as Somali security forces ended a siege by extremist fighters who stormed a hotel in the capital, police said.

  • Written by FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH and ABDI GULED , Associated Press

Florida governor wants more than $600 million in tax cuts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, brushing aside a more pessimistic outlook on the state's financial situation, wants state legislators to slash taxes by $618 million in the coming year.

  • Written by GARY FINEOUT , Associated Press