7 Months After Harvey, Flood-Control Projects’ Fate Unclear

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston’s flooding woes went to the top of the area’s to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Seven months later, local officials are still looking for funding to undertake plans that include a new…

US Charges 9 Iranians In Massive Hacking Scheme

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies. The nine defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked…

Trump Says He Is “Considering” Veto Of $1.3 Trillion Budget

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threw the massive spending bill into doubt Friday, saying he was “considering” a veto of the $1.3 trillion plan over concerns about young “Dreamer” immigrants and border wall money. Hours before funding for the government expires, Trump said on Twitter…

McMaster Out, Bolton In As Trump’s National Security Adviser

By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into his administration ahead of key decisions on Iran and North Korea. Trump tweeted Thursday that McMaster has done “an…

Police: Bomber’s Video Amounts To Confession, But No Motive

By JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive remains a mystery. Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed college dropout…