WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's eldest son eagerly agreed to meet with a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Russian government support for his father, according to an email chain released on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said on Sunday he and Russia's president had discussed forming a cyber security unit, an idea harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted after its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Tweeting after his first meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Trump said now was the time to work constructively with Moscow, pointing to a ceasefire deal in southwest Syria that came into effect on Sunday.
WASHINGTON — Republicans expressed increasing pessimism on Sunday, July 9, about the prospects for the health care bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at rolling back Obamacare as lawmakers prepared to return from a weeklong recess. One prominent Republican lawmaker, Sen. John McCain, said he thought the Republican bill would probably fail. "My view is that it's probably going to be dead," McCain, said on the CBS program "Face the Nation," adding that Republicans, who narrowly control the chamber, would likely need to work with Democrats on a healthcare bill.
WASHINGTON - More than one-third of U.S. states on Thursday sued the U.S.Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos over the recent suspension of rules that would have swiftly canceled student-loan debt of people defrauded by Corinthian Colleges Inc and other for-profit schools. Last month DeVos pressed pause on the rules, due to take effect on July 1, saying they needed to be reset.
Microsoft Corp ( MSFT.O ) plans to cut "thousands" of jobs, with a majority of them outside the United States, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Reuters reported on Monday that Microsoft would undergo a reorganization that would impact its sales and marketing teams as the company doubles down on its fast-growing cloud business.
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with national arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to forfeit thousands of ancient artifacts illegally smuggled into the country from the Middle East.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie brushed off criticism on Monday after he was caught on camera taking a break from dealing with a government shutdown to lounge on a state beach that was closed to the public during the July Fourth holiday weekend. When a morning TV show host said he could understand why people were upset by photos taken by a local newspaper that showed Christie and his family sunbathing on an empty beach, Christie responded, "Well, I'm sorry, they're not the governor," referring to the governor's residence at the state park.
About 20,000 gallons of crude oil belonging to Exxon Mobil Corp was released after a Canadian National Railway Co freight train derailed on Friday at Plainfield, Illinois. The cause of the derailment was unknown, a filing with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Twenty cars of the south-bound Canadian National train carrying crude oil were involved in the derailment, while three of the cars leaked, CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said.
The Minneapolis city council approved a measure on Friday requiring large companies to pay workers least at $15 an hour by 2022, a 58 percent increase, joining a trend by liberal-leaning cities across the country to boost living standards for low wage earners. The measure, approved by a vote of 11 to 1, will extend the required $15 minimum to smaller businesses in Minnesota's largest city by 2024. Businesses of all sizes, including fast-food chains, must begin paying at least $10 an hour by Jan. 1.
WASHINGTON - Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.