The new Senate package includes lowering mandatory minimum sentences for drug felonies, including reducing the "three-strikes" penalty from life behind bars to 25 years.
Police in Milton, W. Va., had calls about suspicious-acting raccoons twice in as many days.
Toyota has offered to replace Allyn Pierce's truck after hearing of his rescue efforts in the Camp Fire.
The Santa Monica Mountains, a vast expanse of forest, hiking trails and movie-filming sites in Southern California have been blackened by the Woolsey Fire. As of Tuesday, Nov. 13, state officials said, at least 83 percent of the 24,000 acres of federal parkland in the range had burned. The charred landscape was also the habitat for what is arguably the country's most studied and most imperiled population of mountain lions, whose fates remain unclear.
WASHINGTON - With last week's midterms largely in the rearview mirror, leadership elections are the order of the day on Capitol Hill. In morning meetings, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., won the votes to keep their posts next year. House Republicans - who will become the minority party in that chamber in January - convene in the afternoon. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is seeking to fend off a conservative challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for minority leader next year.
A disputatious reporter seeks access to the White House but is blocked by Secret Service. Debate ensues over the journalist's tactics and whether he presents a physical threat more menacing than the pummeling that issues from his pen, or his microphone. The government doesn't offer a clear account and is sued on First Amendment grounds.
The CIA explored finding a "truth serum" to use on terrorism detainees in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a declassified report that was released as part of a lengthy Freedom of Information lawsuit. The report, written by a chief CIA medical official whose identity has not been disclosed, detailed that Project Medication, as the effort was named, was shelved in 2003.
CNN sued the Trump administration on behalf of reporter Jim Acosta on Tuesday, asking a court to restore Acosta's White House press pass after President Donald Trump suspended it last week.
Mimi Britt of Maryland's Long Reach High has become a school celebrity and hopes to keep football in her future.
WASHINGTON - Hate crimes in America rose 17 percent last year, the third consecutive year that such crimes increased, according to newly released FBI data. Law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes occurred in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016. That increase was fueled in part by more police departments reporting hate crimes data to the FBI, but overall there is still a large number of departments that report no hate crimes to the federal database.