Holcomb ducks questions about Trump’s move to end DACA

Holcomb echoed Trump, saying it’s Congress’ job to take up the issue now. He added that he hopes the matter can be addressed with “compassion and common sense,” though he did not say what he thinks that should entail.

IBM and MIT partner on artificial intelligence research

Its mission will include advancing the hardware, software and algorithms used for artificial intelligence. It also will tackle some of the economic and ethical implications of intelligent machines and look at its commercial application for industries ranging from health care to cybersecurity.

Australian court dismisses challenge to gay marriage survey

Gay rights advocates argued in a two-day emergency hearing in the High Court in Melbourne that ended Wednesday that the government did not have the constitutional power to survey the public through a 122 million Australian dollar ($97 million) postal ballot on whether the prohibition on same-sex marriage should be lifted.

Florida AG fighting price-gouging as Irma looms

Bondi said Wednesday that many of the calls dealt with complaints about the prices being charged on water, food and gas, although she said people have also called to complain that stores are running out of supplies.

Former Manson disciple Van Houten recommended for parole

Leslie Van Houten, the youngest of Charles Manson’s murderous followers, was recommended for parole by a state panel that concluded she has radically changed her life during the more than 40 years she has been in prison for two brutal murders she helped commit 48 years ago and is no longer a threat to society.

15 states, DC seek court relief over DACA, but will it work?

The attorneys general who brought the DACA lawsuit — all Democrats — represent states where the population of DACA participants ranges from hundreds to tens of thousands. Known as “dreamers,” they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas.

Trump overrules GOP with deal on spending, debt, Harvey aid

In deal-making mode, Trump sided with the Democratic leaders — “Chuck and Nancy,” as he amiably referred later to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — as they pushed for the three-month deal, brushing aside the urgings of GOP leaders and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for a much longer extension to the debt limit.

House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill

The 419-3 vote sent the aid package — likely the first of several — to the Senate in hopes of sending the bill to President Donald Trump before dwindling federal disaster reserves run out at the end of this week.