Audit: US misuses taxpayer cash for California water project

The U.S. Interior Department improperly contributed $85 million in taxpayer funds to help pay for a giant California water project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, despite pledges from Brown and other state and federal authorities that local water districts would bear all the costs, a federal audit said Friday.

Jose now an extremely dangerous Category 4

Jose now has top sustained winds of 150 mph and as it moves toward the northern leeward islands at a speedy 18 mph. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for St. Thomas and St. John.

Is Hurricane Irma the ‘Big One’ Florida has dreaded?

Irma, it appears, could be it. The storm has triggered near panic in a region of more than 6 million people that includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, clustered along a narrow ribbon of coastline that has seen nearly double-digit population growth over the past five years.

Appeals court: Grandparents not part of Trump’s travel ban

The decision Thursday from three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii, who found the administration’s view of who should be allowed into the country under the ban is too strict.

No collusion with Russians, Trump Jr. insists to Congress

Donald Trump Jr.’s description of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York, delivered in a statement at the outset of a Senate panel’s staff interview, provided his most detailed account yet of an encounter that has drawn close scrutiny from Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Pelosi says Trump tweeted at her request

It turns out President Donald Trump sent his reassuring tweet about so-called “Dreamers” at the urging of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.