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  • Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional money for missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea. But there’s a catch. The $700 billion budget won’t become reality until lawmakers […]
  • Flight diverted in Florida because of coffee maker fumes

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines plane was diverted to a Florida airport after fumes from a coffee maker were reported in the back of the aircraft. According to a Pensacola News Journal report , airline spokesman Brian Parrish said Flight 1539 from Orlando, Florida, to Houston was diverted Tuesday morning to Pensacola International […]
  • Hawaiian, Delta lead on-time rankings, Virgin America last

    Here are the government’s rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for October. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule. 1. Hawaiian Airlines, 89.5 percent 2. Delta Air Lines 89.4 percent 3. Spirit Airlines, 87.1 percent 4. Alaska Airlines, 86.0 […]
  • Sans hurricanes, air travel more predictable in October

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air travel was comparatively hassle-free in October compared with the previous month, when a pair of hurricanes wreaked havoc on airline schedules. Hawaiian and Delta were tops for on-time arrivals, while Virgin America lagged. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that 84.8 percent of flights on the biggest 12 carriers arrived on time […]
  • 12 governors urge Congress to fund children’s health program

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children’s health insurance program as soon as possible. The recommendation involving the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, came in a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday. Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) and Democratic Colorado Gov. John […]
  • The Latest: Negotiators rush to finalize GOP tax legislation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 12 p.m. House and Senate negotiators are rushing to finalize the Republican tax legislation for a vote next week, to deliver the promised measure to President Donald Trump before Christmas. The chief tax-writer in the House, Rep. Kevin Brady, says “We’re on […]
  • Regulators probing utilities’ response to powerful storm

    HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The agency that regulates utilities in Maine is opening an inquiry into the preparedness and response of electric companies following a powerful October windstorm that left more than half the state’s population in the dark. All told, about 400,000 Central Maine Power customers and 90,000 Emera Maine customers lost service, making […]
  • Dems say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, unsavory

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “do anything” to get them. Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who […]
  • Sean Spicer book coming out next summer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don’t expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer’s target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with. Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer’s book will come out […]
  • Austria: 1 dead, 21 hurt in explosion at natural gas plant

    BERLIN (AP) — An explosion Tuesday at a major natural gas facility near Austria’s border with Slovakia killed one person and left 21 others injured, and caused some gas flow disruptions to other countries, authorities said. One person was seriously injured and 20 others were slightly hurt in the morning blast at the plant in […]