Israeli settler group brushes off Trump settlement warning

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli settlers on Friday downplayed White House criticism of settlement construction, instead looking forward to Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with Donald Trump, while Palestinians said the settlers' hard-line stance — with the new U.S. administration's blessing — could spell the end to a two-state solution to the conflict.

  • Written by IAN DEITCH , Associated Press

Texas Senate panel OKs so-called sanctuary cities bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Senate panel on Friday approved a so-called sanctuary cities bill that would withhold state money from local jurisdictions that don't hand over immigrants already in custody for possible deportation.


Things to know about Black History Month

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like his predecessors, President Donald Trump plans to commemorate Black History Month with an official proclamation, a gala and receptions at the White House to celebrate the contributions of the United States' black citizens.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND , Associated Press

Repeal of health law could mean women pay more for less

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KELLI KENNEDY , Associated Press

Trump vows to repeal political limits on churches

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that religious freedom is "under threat," President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal a rarely enforced IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status.

  • Written by CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press