Health bill teeters while spending legislation advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their health care bill teetering on the brink, House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump intensified their already-fierce lobbying Wednesday to save the long-promised legislation, agreeing to changes that brought two pivotal Republicans back on board.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Police: 2 dead in suspected murder-suicide at Texas college

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Two people died Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide at a Texas community college, prompting an active-shooter alert that instructed students and employees to barricade themselves into rooms. It was the second deadly attack on a Texas campus this week.


US company turned blind eye to wild behavior on Iraq base

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two American investigators felt a sense of foreboding that Sunday as they headed to an emergency meeting with their boss on the Iraqi air base. But they didn't expect to be surrounded by armed guards, disarmed, detained against their will — and fired without explanation.

  • Written by DESMOND BUTLER and LORI HINNANT , Associated Press

Low-income, minority students lag in high school grad rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite rising national graduation rates, low-income and minority students continue to lag behind their peers in finishing high school, according to a study released Wednesday.


  • Written by MARIA DANILOVA , Associated Press

Trump's remarks often set off White House 'scramble drill'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington policymakers have a time-tested method for rolling out new ideas: float a trial balloon. Spread rumors of a policy change or selectively leak it to the press, then see how it plays and proceed only if it looks doable.

  • Written by NANCY BENAC , Associated Press