The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, March 15, restricted the use of a toxic chemical used in paint strippers that has been linked to dozens of accidental deaths. But the agency stopped short of the total ban proposed by the Obama administration and pushed by some health groups, instead allowing commercial operators to keep using the chemical so long as they are trained.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency Friday to secure federal money for a border wall he promised as a candidate and considers a crucial priority for reelection, capping a week of confrontation with both political parties. "Today I am vetoing this resolution.
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a resolution Thursday to overturn President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats to deliver a bipartisan rebuke to the president. The disapproval resolution passed the House last month, so the 59-41 Senate vote will send the measure to the Trump's desk. Trump has promised to use the first veto of his presidency to strike it down, and Congress does not have the votes to override the veto. "VETO!" Trump tweeted moments after the vote.
Former senator Birch Bayh, the author of two major constitutional amendments as well as legislation that dramatically improved women's rights in classrooms and on athletic fields, died March 14 at his home in Easton, Maryland. He was 91. The cause was pneumonia, his family said in a statement. In three terms on Capitol Hill, the liberal Democrat from conservative Indiana became one of his era's most productive legislators and wiliest political adversaries, particularly in clashes over U.S. Supreme Court nominees put forward by the Nixon administration.
Over the past decade or so, rates of depression, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts and actions have risen dramatically among people 26 and younger, with some of the highest increases among women and people at higher income levels, according to a new study of a broad swath of young Americans.
From the Palmer Divide to the Plains Wednesday, March 13, an exceptionally-powerful "bomb cyclone" brought 100 mph wind gusts and conditions rivaling those of a hurricane, except with blinding snow in many places. The cyclone of "historic proportions," according to the National Weather Service, is racing into Upper Midwest. Blizzard conditions, which stranded more than 1,000 motorists in Colorado Wednesday and shut down Denver International Airport, continue to plaster parts of the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota.
Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts Thursday morning, March 14, in Cook County, Illinois, the Associated Press reported. The 36-year-old "Empire" actor was indicted last week for allegedly lying to Chicago police about a hate-crime attack and had been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
WASHINGTON - Drama mounted in the Senate Thursday, March 14, ahead of a showdown vote over President Donald Trump's border emergency declaration, as a GOP senator described crashing the White House residence with two of his colleagues to plead with Trump for a deal. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he showed up at the White House Wednesday night with Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., interrupting Trump as he dined with first lady Melania Trump.
Pressure was Kelly Catlin's constant and silent companion. That pressure helped boost Catlin to great athletic and academic heights, turning her into a "warrior princess," as her father called her. After Catlin ended her own life in her Stanford University residence last week, those who knew her were left thinking about both that constant pressure and whether a head injury she suffered late last year contributed to her suicide.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, effective immediately. "Any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice," Trump said. "The safety of the American people, and all people, is our paramount concern," Trump said, adding that top transportation officials would soon make an announcement "regarding the new information and physical evidence that we've received from the site, and other locations, and through a couple of other complaints." Trump's announcement followed one by Canada's t