WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, a senior congressional aide said on Sunda, April 30. The House of Representatives and Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature to avoid the first government shutdown since 2013.
NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Kisner made a stunning eagle at the final hole to earn he and his partner Scott Brown a playoff against Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans title on Sunday. Due to fading light at the TPC Louisiana, where play had earlier been disrupted by storms, the playoff to decide the winners of the team event will be held on Monday morning. Kisner's pitch from 30 yards at the par-five 18th clattered against the pin and dropped in to give the American duo a final round 60 for a total tally of 27-under-par 261.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a moderate Republican from South Florida who has been critical of President Donald Trump, plans to retire when her term is up next year, according to an interview she gave on Sunday to the Miami Herald.
WASHINGTON - The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders.
LOS ANGELES - This weekend's leak of the upcoming fifth season of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" may turn out to be Hollywood's biggest breach since the Sony hack in 2014. But security experts aren't surprised by the incident, even as details about it still emerge. That's because many have been warning of weak security at third-party vendors for years.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election, countering the view of U.S. intelligence officials who have said Moscow orchestrated the hacks. In an interview transcript published on Sunday, Trump gave no evidence backing his allegation, first made on the eve of the Nov. 8 presidential election, that China could have hacked the emails of his rivals.
LOS ANGELES - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that the Trump administration has looked into changing libel laws, pointing to the frustration over stories that he says have "no basis in fact." This update comes just one day after President Donald Trump decided to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
U.S. President Donald Trump is stepping up outreach to allies in Asia to discuss the North Korean nuclear threat and make sure all are "on the same page" if action was needed, a top White House official said on Sunday. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Trump would speak to the leaders of Singapore and Thailand on Sunday, after North Korea test-launched another missile that Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful but which drew widespread international condemnation.
SEOUL - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early on Saturday from a region north of its capital, Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported citing South Korea's military. There were no immediate details about the missile or its flight, Yonhap said. This is a developing story.
HOUSTON - The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Friday said it increased the maximum civil penalties that may be imposed for violations of federal pipeline safety laws. The maximum penalty is now $209,002 per day the violation continues, and up to $2.09 million for a related series of violations. The rule became effective on Thursday, according to a document published in the Federal Register. Under federal law, government agencies are required to adjust monetary penalties each year to account for changes in inflation.