Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members


WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views.


  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

Russian meddling: 5 things tech giants need to tell Congress


NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged to U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that Russian-linked accounts began exploiting their services in 2015 to sway last year's presidential election. Lawyers for the companies were grilled about why they didn't notice how their platforms were misused earlier, and about what they have done — and will do — to prevent such abuse from happening again.

  • Written by By BARBARA ORTUTAY , AP Technology Writer

AP FACT CHECK: Trump ad hits wrong target on health care


NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's re-election committee is lashing out at Democrats in a new TV ad that incorrectly blames his critics in the opposing party for blocking fixes to the nation's health care system.

  • Written by By STEVE PEOPLES , Associated Press

House GOP to keep income tax rate for wealthiest earners

WASHINGTON (AP) — Furiously working to finish a tax bill, House Republicans have decided to keep the income tax rate for the wealthiest earners in the face of Democratic criticism that the overhaul pushed by President Donald Trump would benefit the rich.

  • Written by By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

House GOP leaders delay tax plan release amid changes


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, straining to make last-minute changes to their far-reaching tax proposal, on Tuesday delayed the rollout by a day after they failed to finalize the details.

  • Written by By KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press