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GOP health care bill could strip public schools of billions for special education

Teacher Rosemary Genuario uses an iPad to work and communicate with students diagnosed with autism at Belle View Elementary in Alexandria, Va.

School districts say they would either have to cut those services or downsize general education programs that serve all students.

E-mails: EPA official pressured U chemist on House testimony

Deborah Swackhamer, director of the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center, posing along the Mississippi River.

A University of Minnesota scientist was pressured by the EPA's chief of staff to alter her recent testimony before Congress and play down the agency's dismissal of expert advisers, his e-mails show.


Watchdog says former governor's tweet broke federal law

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has been accused of a violating a law limiting government employees' political activity by voicing support for a South Carolina congressional candidate.


White House reporter says he's tired of being bullied

The reporter who interrupted a White House briefing to complain about the Trump administration's treatment of the press says he's tired of being bullied.


Mississippi man takes Confederate flag fight to high court

A black Mississippi citizen is taking his case against the state's Confederate-themed flag to the U.S. Supreme Court.


House panel backs bill to revive Nevada nuclear waste dump

A House committee has approved a bill that would revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.


Niagara Falls daredevil might have died in plunge with snake

A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride.


Dem want Pentagon to give breakdown of Trump's travel costs

Two House Democrats want to require the Air Force to detail how much has been spent on trips President Donald Trump has made to his Florida estate and other properties that he and his family own.


Official: Man, 90, escaped jail in 1970 just by walking away

An official says a 90-year-old man indicted on fraud charges spent 40 years on the lam after escaping from a Maryland jail in 1970 simply by walking away.


Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy

Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms.


7 couples from same town charged with public benefits fraud

Seven married couples from the same New Jersey shore town, including a rabbi and his wife, now face charges that they misrepresented their income to get a combined $2 million in public welfare benefits they weren't entitled to.


Ex-Indiana running back sentenced for child solicitation

Former Indiana running back Kiante Enis has been sentenced to about eight months in jail after pleading guilty to charges he had sexual activities with a 13-year-old girl.


Condoleezza Rice: Trump understands 'value of alliances'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is giving President Donald Trump a vote of confidence on international diplomacy.


98-year-old activist arrested during pipeline protest

A 98-year-old activist has been arrested on a trespassing charge during a protest at a natural gas pipeline project in Massachusetts.


Gay marriage-recusal law survives federal court challenge

North Carolina's law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge Wednesday when an appeals court determined that three couples weren't harmed enough to fight the state's use of taxpayer money to apply the law.


Minnesota scientist: EPA pressured her to change testimony

A Minnesota scientist who leads an Environmental Protection Agency scientific advisory board says she was pressured by the agency's chief of staff to change her testimony before Congress to downplay the Trump administration's decision not to reappoint half of the board's members.


Florida officer threatens to jail black man for jaywalking

A video going viral on Facebook shows a Florida police officer threatening to jail a young black man for jaywalking.


Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council's refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering public health in the wake of a man-made crisis that left the supply contaminated with lead.


ABC, S.D. meat firm reach settlement in $1.9B 'pink slime' libel suit

ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement Wednesday in a $1.9 billion lawsuit against the American network over its reports on a lean, finely textured beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime."