Wisconsin senator to back tax bill, boosting GOP hopes


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders gained support from one more senator for the GOP tax bill on Friday, giving needed momentum to the effort and boosting leaders' hopes that they can push the $1.4 trillion legislation through the Senate later in the day.

  • Written by By MARCY GORDON and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press

US putting off planned ban on its use of cluster bombs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has put off indefinitely a planned ban on using certain cluster bombs, which release explosive sub-munitions, or bomblets. The U.S. military considers them a legitimate and important weapon, although critics say they kill indiscriminately and pose hazards to civilians.

  • Written by By ROBERT BURNS , AP National Security Writer

Court order barring voter intimidation by RNC set to expire

A 35-year-old federal court order prohibiting the Republican National Committee from engaging in voter verification and other "ballot security" measures is set to expire Friday, something the GOP says is long overdue but voting rights advocates argue is still needed to prevent intimidation at the polls.

  • Written by By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY , Associated Press

New, long-acting drugs cut frequency of migraine headaches

New, long-acting drugs may hold hope for millions of people who often suffer migraines. Studies of two of these medicines, given as shots every month or so, found they cut the frequency of the notoriously painful and disabling headaches.

  • Written by By MARILYNN MARCHIONE , AP Chief Medical Writer

More US kids in foster care; parental drug abuse a factor

NEW YORK (AP) — New federal data shows the number of U.S. children in foster care has increased for the fourth year in a row, with substance abuse by parents a major factor.

  • Written by By DAVID CRARY , AP National Writer