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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt arrives to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Knives out for Scott Pruitt as EPA chief appears before Congress

- The Washington Times

Democrats unleashed weeks of pent-up fury at EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday morning as he appeared before Congress to defend himself, with lawmakers demanding he resign and casting him as an unrepentant political hack with no real regard for ethics or for protecting the environment.

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A mother dresses her child at the Alfa & Omega migrant shelter in Mexicali, Mexico, Thursday, April 26, 2018, as they travel north with a caravan of Central American migrants. The caravans have been a fairly common tactic for years among advocacy groups to bring attention to Central American citizens seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape political persecution or criminal threats from gangs. (AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik)

Migrant 'caravan' gathers on US-Mexico border for final push

- Associated Press

About 175 people in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers rested up Thursday ahead of the final leg of their monthlong journey to seek asylum in the United States, with the Trump administration warning they could be prosecuted, detained and quickly deported.

No decision yet on withholding bills from Greitens

Associated Press

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says he has not yet decided whether to withhold bills from Gov. Eric Greitens while the governor faces two felony charges and an investigation by a special House committee that could lead to his impeachment.

20 states seek to block Obama's health care law

Associated Press

Twenty Republican-led states are seeking to temporarily invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law while their larger lawsuit against it proceeds.

Referendum push unlikely for new petition circulator rules

- Associated Press

South Dakota ballot question advocates lack the resources to run an expensive campaign to block a new state law they contend will make it harder to put voter initiatives on the ballot, a key activist said Thursday.

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy waves from his car in a motorcade in Dallas. Riding with Kennedy are First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, second from left, and her husband, Texas Gov. John Connally, far left. The National Archives released the John F. Kennedy assassination files on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Jim Altgens, File)

Trump now says he can't declassify all JFK assassination files

- Associated Press

An undisclosed amount of material will remain under wraps because President Trump said the potential harm to U.S. national security, law enforcement or foreign affairs is "of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure."

Senate panel admonishes Menendez

- Associated Press

The Senate Ethics Committee admonished Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey on Thursday for repeatedly accepting gifts of significant value, failing to report them and for advancing the personal and business interests of a donor.

A Minnesota Twins jersey hangs on the chair of Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, who listens to debate on the stadium bill in the Minnesota House Wednesday, April 26, 2006, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes, disputes some allegations

Associated Press

A Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologized Thursday while disputing some of the allegations made by a woman who says he touched her without her consent. Emily Schlecht, a 23-year-old who works at a sexual violence center and who has talked publicly about her own sexual assault in 2015, accused state Rep. Rod Hamilton of making unwanted advances.

Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct

Associated Press

A Minnesota lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologized Thursday while disputing some of the allegations made by a woman who says he touched her without her consent.

US to end special protections for 9,000 Nepalese immigrants

- Associated Press

The Trump administration will end special protections for an estimated 9,000 Nepalese immigrants living in the United States, giving them until June 24, 2019, to leave or find another way to stay in the country, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.