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Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths

President Donald Trump sought to deflect blame for the deaths of two Guatemalan children in U.S. custody by claiming they were “very sick” when they arrived, even though immigration authorities have said both children passed initial health checks. Meanwhile, his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol agents and medical officials at the southern border amid … Continue reading Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths

WASHINGTON | Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling

WASHINGTON  — After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was “invalid,” President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now. “Get it done!” the president instructed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump pushes Congress for new health law after court ruling

NEW YORK | 61st annual Grammy Awards nominations to be announced Friday

NEW YORK  — Nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards will be announced Friday morning. The Recording Academy delayed unveiling the nominees by two days because former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral and public viewing this week in Washington. The Grammys announcement comes a day after the Golden Globe nominations. Several music superstars, including Lady … Continue reading NEW YORK | 61st annual Grammy Awards nominations to be announced Friday

TOKYO | Asian shares rise on Wall Street gains amid trade friction

TOKYO— Asian shares were mostly higher Friday after gains on Wall Street but investors continued to watch for news about U.S.- China trade friction. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.1 percent to 21,524.02, and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 5,685.50 in early trading. South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.1 percent to 2,070.83. … Continue reading TOKYO | Asian shares rise on Wall Street gains amid trade friction

Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush’s funeral train

Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he’ll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library. As the train passed through the towns a group of elementary students could be seen holding a banner that read … Continue reading Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush’s funeral train

WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr contender for old job

WASHINGTON  — William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with the president’s selection process said Thursday. The appointment of a new attorney general would come at a precarious time as special counsel Robert … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Former Attorney General William Barr contender for old job

HOUSTON | The Latest: Bush funeral train-squashed coins a hot keepsake

HOUSTON — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 2:30 p.m. People who turned out to pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush as a special funeral train carries his body to the city where he’ll be buried are leaving coins on the tracks to be flattened into … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Bush funeral train-squashed coins a hot keepsake

HOUSTON | Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush’s Texas funeral

HOUSTON— Reba McEntire has sung “The Lord’s Prayer” at the Houston funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush. The Grammy winner on Thursday followed the Oak Ridge Boys, who were one of the president’s favorite musical acts and who sang “Amazing Grace” during the service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Celebrities, including … Continue reading HOUSTON | Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush’s Texas funeral

WASHINGTON | US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at 4.75%

WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid a steep decline in stock prices. Continued slides in the stock market and tumbling oil prices have been pushing mortgage rates lower, although home borrowing rates remain much higher than a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year loan at 4.75%

HOUSTON | The Latest: Polish leader says T-shirt was tribute to Bush

HOUSTON  — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 8:15 a.m. The founder of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN’-sah), attended U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt with the word “Konstytucja” (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Polish leader says T-shirt was tribute to Bush

HOUSTON | News guide: George HW Bush’s final farewell, burial in Texas

HOUSTON— Former President George H.W. Bush will be buried in Texas after a funeral service at the church he attended for many years and a special memorial train that will carry his casket. The nation’s 41st president died last week at age 94. His casket returned to Houston after a state funeral Wednesday at Washington … Continue reading HOUSTON | News guide: George HW Bush’s final farewell, burial in Texas

WASHINGTON | Bush remembered for enjoying a joke, even aimed at himself

WASHINGTON — Memories of George H.W. Bush’s underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America’s 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once said that the key to doing his iconic impersonation of Bush was to mimic “Mr. Rogers trying to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Bush remembered for enjoying a joke, even aimed at himself

HOUSTON | The Latest: Bush’s body to lie in repose all night at church

HOUSTON — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 8 p.m. The body of former President George H.W. Bush is set to lie in repose all night at the Houston church where his family worshipped. People lined up Wednesday night at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to pay their … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Bush’s body to lie in repose all night at church

WASHINGTON | Trump odd man out as presidents assemble for Bush funeral

WASHINGTON — There was no mistaking the odd man out. Wednesday’s funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush served as a rare reunion of the remaining members of the presidents club, but the front-row banter among Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and their spouses came to an uneasy end when President Donald … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump odd man out as presidents assemble for Bush funeral

HOUSTON | The Latest: Bush hearse arrives at Houston church

HOUSTON — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The remains of former President George H.W. Bush have arrived at a Houston church, where he will lie in repose overnight. About 1,200 mourners are expected for a service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on Thursday morning. … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Bush hearse arrives at Houston church

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Astros manager among crowd greeting Bush plane

WASHINGTON — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A crowd of about 300 invited guests, including Astros manager A.J. Hinch, has greeted the arrival of a plane carrying former President George H.W. Bush’s remains to Texas. The military aircraft, nicknamed Special Air Mission 41 in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Astros manager among crowd greeting Bush plane

WASHINGTON | Ceremonies for Bush draw together presidents, world envoys

WASHINGTON  — The nation’s capital bids its final farewell to the late former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday in a service of prayer and praise that is drawing together world envoys, Americans of high office and a guy from Maine who used to fix things in Bush’s house on the water. A viewing for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ceremonies for Bush draw together presidents, world envoys

NEW YORK | How AP photographed George H.W. Bush lying in state

NEW YORK — It’s a striking perspective of a powerful moment: the arrival of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, surrounded by family members and dignitaries, captured from a dizzying height near the top of the dome. The shot was made possible by a guywire, antennae, collaboration … Continue reading NEW YORK | How AP photographed George H.W. Bush lying in state

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. | Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.— A key congressional voice on agriculture, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, said Tuesday that he’s optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week after a delay caused by the break for the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture … Continue reading SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. | Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon

WASHINGTON | Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket

WASHINGTON — It’s often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. For the last six months, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush’s. The yellow Labrador Retriever visited the president’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday alongside people in wheelchairs who benefited from the Americans With Disabilities Act … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket

NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: Stocks turn jittery again, Dow sinks 500

NEW YORK— The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 1:08 p.m. Stocks are turning sharply lower on Wall Street as trading turns jittery again, erasing 500 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Banks led the market lower as bond yields fell sharply Tuesday, which makes it harder for banks to make … Continue reading NEW YORK | Markets Right Now: Stocks turn jittery again, Dow sinks 500

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Laura Bush visits WH, tours with Melania Trump

WASHINGTON — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Former first lady Laura Bush has received a tour of the White House Christmas decorations by first lady Melania Trump. A spokeswoman for Melania Trump says only that the visit happened. No other details about the private visit … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Laura Bush visits WH, tours with Melania Trump

WASHINGTON | Bush saluted by CIA comrades; service dog Sully comes, too

WASHINGTON — The CIA honored its old boss, the only spy chief to become president, with visits to George H.W. Bush’s flag-covered casket on Tuesday, joining members of the public who had lined up before dawn to pay respects to the 41st president in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Besides the thousands of people streaming by, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Bush saluted by CIA comrades; service dog Sully comes, too

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Sully visits former president Bush’s casket

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): Noon Sully the service dog has visited with former President George H.W. Bush’s casket. The yellow Labrador, who served the late president until his death on Friday, walked into the Rotunda on a leash with Americans in wheelchairs who have … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: Sully visits former president Bush’s casket

WASHINGTON  | The Latest: CIA honors late president Bush at Capitol

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 10:40 a.m. The CIA has saluted the late President George H.W. Bush, the only director of the spy agency to serve in the nation’s highest office. CIA Director Gina Haspel and former directors John Brennan and George Tenet paid their … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | The Latest: CIA honors late president Bush at Capitol

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says he’ll meet with Bushes at guesthouse

WASHINGTON — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 9:40 a.m. President Donald Trump says he’ll meet with the Bush family at his guesthouse. Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Looking forward to being with the wonderful Bush family at Blair House today.” Trump adds: “The former First Lady will be coming … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump says he’ll meet with Bushes at guesthouse

Bush’s state funeral follows generations of tradition

Former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral encompasses four days of events, from his arrival in Washington to his burial in Texas on Thursday. The guidelines for state funerals date back to the mid-1800s and have been shaped over time. Seating arrangements, for example, are detailed with precision, with the presidential party followed by chiefs … Continue reading Bush’s state funeral follows generations of tradition

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump salutes Bush’s casket in Capitol Rotunda

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on events related to late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 8:35 p.m. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have paid their respects to former President George H.W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol. The nation’s 41st president is lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda. The Trumps … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump salutes Bush’s casket in Capitol Rotunda