Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall.
Trump's GOP allies control Congress, but they've been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark on April 29 — the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down.
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The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after "assisting in a smooth transition" under President Donald Trump.
Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration.
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has highlighted the San Diego suburb of Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. Speaking at a news conference Friday along a border fence with Mexico, Sessions offered no evidence that 'sanctuary jurisdictions' or immigrants are responsible. And he failed to mention that the federal government has held up Escondido as a model for cooperation with immigration authorities.
American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who became entangled in confrontations with two passengers on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth.
Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant, who has since been temporarily removed from duty, violently took away a stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded the plane. The airline is also investigating the verbal feud that subsequently ignited between the flight attendant and a male passenger who tried to stick up for the distraught woman.
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A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday.
Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany.
NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods.
Early voting began overseas Saturday in France's most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country's next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection.
Opinion polls pointed to a tight race among the four top contenders vying to get into the May 7 presidential runoff that will decide who becomes France's next head of state. But the polls also said that decision was largely in the hands of the one-in-three French voters who were still undecided.
The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.
It sent letters to officials in California and major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, all places the Justice Department's inspector general has identified as limiting the information local law enforcement can provide to federal immigration authorities about those in their custody.
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The promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's campaign. From the moment he announced it during his candidacy kickoff address in June 2015, critics denounced it as racist while others expressed skepticism about its cost-effectiveness.
But, as NBC News reports, there has been an often overlooked issue — the potentially "catastrophic" environmental toll the wall could have on the hundreds of species that span the frontier, activists say.
More than 100 animals that are listed as threatened, endangered or candidates for such status under the Endangered Species Act from coast to coast could potentially be impacted by Trump's proposal, according to a 2016 analysis of data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"It will choke off life from both sides," wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin told NBC News.
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After the caretaker of a remote northern California property became suspicious of two people he initially thought were in distress, his tip led police to a teacher accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student and taking her on a 2,500-mile cross-country journey.
Griffin Barry said the pair told him their names were John and Joanna and they needed money for food, gas and a place to stay, ABC News Good Morning America reported Friday (http://abcn.ws/2pKHq16). But Barry, 29, said he became suspicious when the older man tried to keep the teen away.
"The girl wasn't really looking at me or anything and he was always dominating the conversation. That kind of clues people in," Barry said.
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Funeral plans for Aaron Hernandez were announced on Saturday, the same day his body was being moved from a funeral home in Watertown, Massachusetts, to his hometown in Bristol, Connecticut.
According to a press release by the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the private wake for Hernandez will be held on Monday at the O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Attendance will be by invitation only and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
For all the talk of naval strike groups and pre-emptive military action, Donald Trump's only option to solve the North Korean crisis could be compromise, NBC News reported.
His presidency has seen tensions rising over the Korean peninsula, with dictator Kim Jong Un's missile testing met with a swift rebuke from Washington.
But beneath the rhetoric, a more balanced approach can be seen. Vice President Mi Pence said Tuesday that the U.S. was working with allies to "achieve a peaceable resolution" to the impasse.
Some analysts told NBC News this may be Trump's only realistic option for solving the crisis.
"The situation is extraordinarily complicated and not amenable to either simple solutions or one-off ad-hoc interventions designed to demonstrate American strength," Professor Hazel Smith at London's School of Oriental and African Studies told NBC News.
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President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which had gotten a skeptical reception at the Capitol.
In brief comments to reporters Friday, Trump said the attempt to rekindle the GOP drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law is "coming along well." But he said there was "no particular rush" to do it next week, when Congress returns from its spring recess.