Death Toll Rises to 10 in California Wildfires, Officials Say

Sonoma, Calif.( AP) — The Latest on California wildfires( all times local ): 6: 45 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to California that the federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance to the nation as it deals with deadly and destructive wildfires. Pence’s statements came at an event…

Shutdown Deal Turns Democrats on Each Other Before Midterms

For Democrats, the recriminations began even before the final votes were cast to objective the three-day government shutdown — hinting at divisions that could complicate their efforts in November’s congressional races. Most of the blame fell squarely on Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who was assailed by party colleagues for accepting a Republican offer on…

Utah’s Hatch to Retire From Senate, Opening Door for Romney Bid

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history and a leader of last year’s successful effort to rewrite the U.S. tax code, said he won’t seek an eighth term in 2018. ” Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves, and for me that time is soon approaching ,”…

Trump Hands Democrats an Possibility on Immigration

President Donald Trump’s renewed a requirement for a border wall and dramatic changes to immigration laws in return for deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants may help Democrats by keeping the issue alive in the 2018 election year. Polls show voters side with Democrats on shielding the immigrants, known as Dreamers. By adopting a hard…

Fidel Castro, Communist Former Leader of Cuba, Succumbs at 90

Fidel Castro, who established a communist regime in Cuba that survived the collapse of the Soviet Union, inspired revolutionary movements and brought two superpowers close to nuclear war before stepping down after 49 years in power, has died. He was 90. The former leader died at 10:29 p.m. Friday local hour, two brothers, President Raul…

Trump Signals Interest in Gun Background Checks After Shooting

President Donald Trump is using part of the U.S. vacation weekend in South Florida to discuss how to improve school safety and avoid gun violence following the country’s latest mass shooting. Trump, staying at his Mar-a-Lago retreat and venturing out to the golf course, has been speaking with people ranging from members of his resort…

Berlusconi Learns New Tricks as Italy Braces for Shock Comeback

One Monday morning just before Christmas, Silvio Berlusconi walked into an elegant salon at his home near Milan to complete the preparations for a major switching in political strategy. Beneath a grand oil painting of the Italian aristocrat who once owned his villa in Arcore, long-time advisers and outside experts were huddled round a table…

Trump Outlines Health Plan, From Obamacare Repeal to Abortion

President-elect Donald Trump outlined some pieces of his health-care program, largely following notions he laid out during his campaign, from a repeal of Obamacare , his predecessors signature health statute, to language indicating opposition to abortion. The brief, 310 -word plan dedicates few details about how Trump will replace the Affordable Care Act, or ACA,…

Liberal Nonprofits Ride the Anti-Trump Donation Wave

The morning after Donald Trumps victory, a picture of his face was splashed across the front page of the American Civil Liberties Union website next to the words See you in tribunal. Beneath the all-caps declaration was a donate button. Within 24 hours, 14,000 people “ve been given” more than $940,000 online, far exceeding the…