The Latest: Negotiations on big spending bill hit new snag

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Negotiations on a $1 trillion-plus catchall spending bill have hit a snag over former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Police: Man grew pot because he thought it'd be legal soon

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug. St. Albans police say they came across Michael Marshall while investigating a hunting violation. Marshall fled into a house after a confrontation with police, and then consented to a search of the residence. Police say they then found and seized 13 full-grown marijuana plants and 27 smaller plants.

Leading GOP moderate opposes plan to move House health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leading House conservatives are saying good things about a plan to revive the GOP health care bill. But an influential GOP House moderate is opposing the proposal, leaving party leaders to assess whether the idea could help one of President Donald Trump's premier but most problematic priorities spring back to life.

Judge cites Trump's words in blocking 'sanctuary city' order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Internet companies are readying for a showdown with telecoms and a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites.

Court removes obstacle to releasing wolves in New Mexico

DENVER (AP) -- A federal court on Tuesday removed an obstacle to the U.S. government's plan to release more endangered wolves in New Mexico over the state's objections, but it was not clear whether additional animals would be reintroduced under the Trump administration. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary order issued by a lower court that stopped the U.S.

The Latest: Trump to sign executive order on education

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 11:45 p.m. President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday aimed at minimizing the federal government's role in education. The order will direct the education secretary to conduct a study to identify potential over-reach by the federal government on education issues.

Insurer Centene commits to shaky ACA exchanges for 2018

One health insurer is eager to dive back into the Affordable Care Act's troubled insurance exchanges next year, even as competitors waver and President Donald Trump tweets doom about the law's future. Centene Corp. said Tuesday that its exchange enrollment has swelled 74 percent since last year, up to nearly 1.2 million people.

Beer stores near reservation appeal loss of liquor licenses

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The owners of four Nebraska beer stores that sell millions of cans of beer each year near a South Dakota American Indian reservation that is plagued by alcohol-related problems are appealing a state regulator's decision not to renew their liquor licenses. The appeal filed late Monday in Lancaster County District Court says the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission's decision last week was arbitrary, unsupported by evidence and contrary to Nebraska law.

Big unwind begins: Republicans target crisis financial rules

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Emboldened by a business-friendly president, Republicans in Congress are moving to unwind the stricter regulations that took effect after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. A House committee takes up legislation Wednesday that would defang the tighter rules. While passage by the GOP-controlled House could come in a few months, the Senate -- where Republicans have only 52 of 100 seats -- poses an obstacle.

Congressional organization denies credentials to Breitbart

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The panel that approves media credentials to cover Congress declined to grant permanent credentials to Breitbart News Network, LLC. The Standing Committee of Correspondents voted unanimously Tuesday to table an application from Breitbart and declined to extend temporary credentials beyond May 31. News organizations seeking credentials for its reporters must be editorially independent of any institution or interest group that lobbies the federal government.

FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media, can be harmful, waste money and result in people not getting approved, effective treatments. The pills, creams and teas are untested and not approved by the FDA.

EU investigators probe Swedish mobile telecoms firms

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's competition watchdog says investigators have launched surprise inspections at a number of Swedish mobile telecoms companies amid concerns over a possible cartel. The European Commission said that Tuesday's inspections are a first step in the investigation of anti-competitive practices. It did not name any of the companies targeted.

Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate billions of dollars in disputed "Obamacare" subsidies. But a study out Tuesday from a nonpartisan group suggests that could backfire.

GOP drops US-Mexico wall demands as spending talks advance

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional negotiators on Tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the Mexico border. The emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on Trump's 100th day in office this Saturday.

Companies decry Trump plan to eliminate Energy Star program

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 1,000 U.S. companies, including some of the nation's largest manufacturers, are urging Congress to preserve the 25-year-old Energy Star program to promote efficiency in home and business products. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would eliminate funding for Energy Star, which encourages efficiency in major appliances, office equipment, lighting and home electronics. Companies including United Technologies Corp.

Sacked: Outer Banks plastic bag ban would go in Senate bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A 2009 law prohibiting Outer Banks retailers from providing plastic bags to customers would be repealed in a wide-ranging environmental measure that's gone through the state Senate. The bill approved Monday night on a mostly party-line vote favoring Republicans would do away with the program, which supporters say keeps beaches clean and protects wildlife.

Closed parks, furloughs, 'Green Eggs': A look at shutdowns

Disputes over spending and health care in a divided Washington have triggered shutdowns of the federal government in recent years. Republicans now control the White House and Congress, and if lawmakers and President Donald Trump fail to agree on a spending bill by midnight Friday, a shutdown of an all-GOP government would occur for the first time in modern history. A look at recent government shutdowns: CLINTON AND GINGRICH'S CONTRACT WITH AMERICA Nov.