Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 29 The Telegraph, UK, on Britain formally beginning the process to leave the European Union: This is a historic day for Britain. Today, a UK government triggers Article 50 and begins the process of Brexit. And so the country enters a period of negotiation that, early signs suggest, will be tough, even acrimonious. But the goal is worth some hard work.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Latest on legal challenges to President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back steps taken by his predecessor to curb global warming. (all times local): 2 p.m. Environmental groups and a Montana American Indian tribe are asking a federal court to block President Donald Trump from lifting restrictions on the coal industry that were imposed by his predecessor.
HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on a hearing in federal court in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A federal judge in Hawaii says he'll decide Wednesday whether to extend his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban until Hawaii's lawsuit is resolved. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson heard arguments from state and government attorneys Wednesday.
BRITAIN-BREXIT-THE LATEST The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain has not received a multi-billion dollar exit bill from the European Union. EU officials have said Britain will have to pay as much as 50 million euros ($63 million) before it leaves to cover EU staff pensions and other obligations.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's $25 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit that alleged fraud at his now-defunct Trump University may be put on hold because a former student in Florida wants a full refund plus interest and an apology. A federal judge in San Diego will decide Thursday whether to let Sherri Simpson opt out of the settlement and sue the president individually.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's top health official got strong pushback Wednesday from lawmakers of both parties about deep cuts the White House is pressing in medical research, public health and social service programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also dodged repeated attempts by Democrats to flush out the administration's next move on the Obama-era health insurance law.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is weighing whether to overturn the convictions of seven men in the brutal beating death of a woman about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. Capitol in 1984. The justices heard competing accounts Wednesday of the murder of 48-year-old Catherine Fuller.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The priorities laid out in President Donald Trump's budget message have some small business owners strategizing how they might benefit from a big boost in defense spending, and others thinking about how to make up for revenue they could lose to cuts in grant programs and subsidies.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge says a videographer can go ahead with his lawsuit charging that North Carolina officials illegally copied his videos of the pirate of Blackbeard's sunken flagship and legislators later passed a law to legalize their actions. The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2ocIp9m) U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle ruled last week on videographer Rick Allen's lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order seeking to undo his predecessor's efforts to curb climate change, his administration has asked a federal appeals court to postpone ruling on lawsuits over Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions. The regulations -- known as the Clean Power Plan -- have been the subject of long-running legal challenges by about two dozen mostly Republican-led states and industry groups that profit from burning coal.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Tim Kaine is joining with most of his Democratic colleagues and says he will vote to filibuster President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. The Virginia Democrat and vice presidential running mate last year for Hillary Clinton cited Gorsuch's opinion that employers have the right to deny government-mandated contraception coverage for their workers in explaining his opposition.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a New York law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases. The court ruled unanimously Wednesday in a case about fees that merchants pay to credit-card issuers each time a customer charges a purchase. The fees typically range from 2 percent to 3 percent and generate more than $50 billion a year.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. BREXIT DAY: BRITAIN SET TO FILE FOR EU DIVORCE After 44 years of ups and downs with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May will send a letter to the European Council formally triggering a two-year countdown to the final split. 2.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was released from custody Wednesday pending deportation proceedings. Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, was welcomed by supporters in the lobby of a detention facility after he was freed. He nodded and smiled at reporters after he exited the building.
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii questioned a government attorney Wednesday who urged him to narrow his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban after arguing that a freeze on the nation's refugee program had no effect on the state. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson heard arguments on whether to extend his temporary order until Hawaii's lawsuit works its way through the courts.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday barred the release of videos made by an anti-abortion group whose leaders are facing felony charges in California accusing them of recording people without permission in violation of state law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling blocking the recordings made by the Center for Medical Progress at meetings of the National Abortion Federation, an association of abortion providers.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American Indian tribe to ask a federal court to block an order that lifts restrictions on coal sales from federal lands.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans on Tuesday blocked more attempts by Democrats to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns from the IRS. House Democrats tried for a third and a fourth time to use procedural votes to pry loose Trump's returns. Republicans blocked both efforts, one on the House floor and the other in the House Ways and Means Committee. The House voted 228-190 on a mostly party-line vote to block the Democrats' effort.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought on behalf of tens of thousands of immigrants around the United States who may not have been told that they had a one-year deadline to apply for asylum. The case concerns immigrants who either were found to have a credible fear of persecution if returned to their home country or expressed such a fear.