Texas faces slew of lawsuits over extremist right-wing bills

Lawmakers were resolving last-minute issues ahead of Monday's final adjournment — but their focus was already shifting to whether Gov. Greg Abbott would order them back to work if a law, like the one that caused national uproar and costly boycotts when it was approved previous year in North Carolina, doesn't pass in Texas.

Minnesota officer charged in Castile shooting goes on trial

Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights , he fired the last of seven shots into the auto, fatally injuring the 32-year-old driver, Philando Castile . Yanez's attorneys have argued that only his perception of the events is relevant, not that of Castile, Reynolds or fellow officer Joseph Kauser, who didn't draw his weapon that night.

US Missile Test A Success!: What it Means for Keeping America Safe

Missile Defense Agency said on Tuesday. The test "demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat", Syring said. The test was believed to be an important milestone for the country's defense program, which could be what stands between an incoming North Korean strike and the US, as tensions between the two countries are reportedly rising.

Portland stabbing suspect yells slogans at court hearing

Jeremy Christian yelled as he walked into the courtroom Tuesday. "You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism", Christian said . "Get out if you don't like free speech". In a separate statement, Wheeler lauded the two men for their selflessness and bravery, calling it an "inspiration for everyone". Christian will make his first court appearance in the case Tuesday, and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Will the Republican Health Care Bill Really Lower Premiums?

There are many variables - and unforeseen outcomes - that can undermine even the most carefully crafted policy initiative. Though one-sixth of the USA population may not seem like a lot, it equates to about 53.5 million Americans-and some public policy experts are saying that a single state's decision to adopt a waiver could have effects across state lines, weakening protections for people across every state.

White House: Trump and Merkel get along very well

Merkel had tried her best to improve relations with the Trump administration, brushing off a particularly uncomfortable first meeting at the White House in March-during which Trump conspicuously avoided shaking Merkel's hand in front of the press-by staying in touch with the White House and cultivating a relationship with Ivanka Trump .