AP FACT CHECK: President Trump's phantom VA reform claims

AP FACT CHECK: President Trump's claims that his administration has transformed the dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs rely on exaggerated numbers and reform initiatives that haven't actually started yet

McConnell puts up a 'skinny repeal' bill targeting Obamacare

A rift between Senate and House Republicans is threatening GOP leaders' efforts to push an initial measure through the Senate

Prosecutor: Martin Shkreli repeatedly lied to investors

A jury is set to hear closing arguments at the securities fraud trial of former biotech CEO and social media provocateur Martin Shkreli

Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem

Violence has returned to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clash with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack there


House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon

Transgender troops: A presidential tweet is not an order

Unmoved by President Donald Trump's proclamation-by-Twitter, Pentagon leaders say they'll keep allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives actual direction to stop

US-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

Spokeswoman, activists: Syrian fighters battling IS now have taken nearly half of militants' de facto capital, Raqqa

Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 102 as polarizing vote nears

Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes, with the death toll in nearly four months of unrest rising above 100 Thursday

Chinese billionaire convicted in United Nations bribery case

A Chinese billionaire who wanted to build a United Nations center in Macau has been convicted at his New York bribery trial

Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

Iranian state TV says Iran has successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate's approval

The Senate has approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea

UK police: Corporate manslaughter possible in tower fire

British police say they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect local authorities may have committed corporate manslaughter over a deadly high-rise fire in London

Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci went after chief of staff Reince Priebus Thursday as a suspected "leaker" within the West Wing

Senators prepare bill to block firing of special counsel

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are working on legislation that could attempt to insulate Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired

AP sources: U.S. seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to "test" the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump wants to cancel

Half the time, nursing homes scrutinized by Medicare still treacherous

Nursing homes that were forced to undergo strict scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'

After seven years of campaign promises, Republican senators demonstrate they don't have the stomach to approve a straight-up repeal of "Obamacare" with a president in the White House who would actually sign it

Trump's order: Bar all transgender troops from US military

President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the armed forces