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Gov. Jerry Brown keeps Oroville Dam repair costs hidden, state lawmakers say

California Gov. Jerry Brown has unsealed previously secret memos related to repair plans and safety issues at the damaged Oroville Dam, but his administration’s alleged refusal to be transparent about the contract bidding process and overall project costs has some state legislators frustrated. In testimony before the state Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee hearing…

Trump warns of ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

President Trump warned a “major, major conflict” with North Korea could result from the ongoing standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he said he hoped diplomacy would prevail. In an exclusive Oval Office interview with Reuters ahead of the 100-day benchmark in his administration, Trump candidly acknowledged that the international situation could go…

Haley accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

UNITED NATIONS –  U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of providing cover for the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons and denial of desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands of besieged people — and she urged international pressure on Moscow “to stop this.” Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Petr Iliichev retorted that Russia,…

Senate confirms Alexander Acosta to head Labor Department

The Senate confirmed Alex Acosta Thursday as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump’s cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirmed Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th secretary of labor, the son of Cuban immigrants and first Latino member of Trump’s cabinet will lead…

Tillerson: US strategy on North Korea relies on China’s participation

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday reiterated that tensions are “running a bit high right now” with North Korea but said the Trump administration has a “very deliberate strategy” that they are employing that involves amped up global participation. “We’re asking a lot of the Chinese,” Tillerson said on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”…

Fox News Poll: 67 percent approve of US using airstrikes on Syria

Two-thirds of voters approve of the missile strikes President Trump ordered on Syria in response to its suspected use of chemical weapons against its people.  But a plurality thinks the United States should not get any more involved in Syria.  The U.S. launched nearly 60 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase April 6. The latest…