GOP blocks Dem efforts to boost tax benefits for parents


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democratic efforts to secure bigger tax benefits for parents' costs of raising or adopting children, as they drove toward wrapping up their tax overhaul by week's end.

  • Written by By MARCY GORDON and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare


WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year, the government says. The additional expense will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks.

  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

Lawmakers say $100 billion in disaster aid still not enough


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that's already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.


  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant trophies


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he's delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."


  • Written by By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance


BONN, Germany (AP) — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming.

  • Written by By FRANK JORDANS , Associated Press