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Dec 13, 2017

Kentucky state lawmaker kills himself following molestation allegation
A Kentucky state lawmaker accused of molesting a teenager committed suicide Wednesday after denying the allegation and refusing calls by leaders of both parties to resign, according to local media reports.

State Rep. Dan Johnson, also a pastor who called himself 'pope,' was the subject of an extensive...



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Dec 13, 2017

In Alabama and across the country, pride swells as black female voters show they matter
Every election since she was 16, Catrena Norris Carter has gone door to door, urging black Alabama voters to the polls.

In the months leading up to Tuesday''s U.S. Senate race, the community activist and a band of mostly black women registered college students to vote, waved signs on street corners...



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Dec 13, 2017

Politics has veered from one side to the other, but Doug Jones' win in Alabama suggests the need to hew to the center
The Democratic win Tuesday in Alabama''s U.S. Senate race may have seemed the most striking example yet of the bitterly negative tenor of American politics in the last several decades, as it has veered from one political pole to the other like a frenetic metronome.

Doug Jones'' victory over Republican...



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Dec 13, 2017

Trump administration focus on immigration and drug war outweigh democracy concerns in Honduras
In what critics call a weakening of U.S. support for democracy in Latin America, the Trump administration appears to be prioritizing concerns about illegal immigration and drug trafficking from Honduras over the country''s violent and flawed election process.

The administration''s relative silence...



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Dec 13, 2017

Fed hikes its key interest rate again and boosts next year's economic growth forecast
Federal Reserve monetary policymakers on Wednesday nudged up their key interest rate again and increased their forecast for the economy's performance in 2018 as Congress neared passage of a large tax cut package.

Fed officials forecast 2.5% growth next year with an increase in consumer spending...



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Dec 13, 2017

Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving the Trump administration. Did she help woo black support?
She is among President Trump''s most high-profile black supporters, a reality television star turned government official.

Now, Omarosa Manigault Newman is set to leave her role as director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison, a position in which she was tasked with working...



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Dec 13, 2017

Senior Justice Department official rejects Republican complaints about Russia investigation
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation into whether the Trump campaign assisted Russian meddling in last year''s campaign, pushed back strongly Wednesday against Republican accusations that the probe is infected with partisan bias and steadfastly defended special counsel...



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Dec 13, 2017

GOP leaders reach tax deal, cutting corporate rate to 21% and top individual rate to 37%
GOP leaders on Wednesday agreed on a final tax cut plan that would lower the corporate rate to 21% and drop the top individual rate to 37%, according to a Republican source briefed on the deal.

Earlier House and Senate versions of the measure would have lowered the corporate rate to 20%, but in...



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Dec 13, 2017

Fed hikes its key interest rate again and sharply increases next year's economic growth forecast
Federal Reserve monetary policymakers on Wednesday nudged up their key interest rate again and sharply increased their forecast for the economy's performance in 2018 as Congress neared passage of a large tax cut package.

Fed officials voted 7-2 after a two-day meeting to increase the rate by a...



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Dec 13, 2017

GOP leaders reach deal to cut corporate rate to 21%, lower top individual rate to 37%
GOP leaders on Wednesday agreed on a final tax cut plan that would lower the corporate rate to 21% and drop the top individual rate to 37%, according to a Republican source briefed on the deal.

Earlier House and Senate versions of the measure would have lowered the corporate rate to 20%, but in...



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Dec 13, 2017

GOP leaders have a tax cut deal: 'We reached the agreement'
GOP leaders said Wednesday they have reached an agreement to reconcile the House and Senate versions of their sweeping tax cut plan.

'We reached the agreement,' Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told reporters in advance of a conference committee meeting to discuss...



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Dec 13, 2017

The Alabama Senate loss just made Trump's job a lot harder
President Trump''s margin of support — among the American people and in Congress — was already thin. After Tuesday''s defeat in Alabama, it is decidedly thinner, and more than the loss of one Republican senator's vote would suggest.

The win by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in one...



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Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in U.S. Senate
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday that his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, will replace Al Franken after the Democratic senator formally resigns.

Under state law, Smith will hold Franken''s seat until the 2018 election. The winner of that election will finish the remainder of Franken''s...



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Dec 13, 2017

Rod Rosenstein, No. 2 official at Justice Department, is grilled by Republicans on House Judiciary Committee
Ever since Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation in March, no Justice Department official has been more important to the case than Rod Rosenstein.

As the deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at Justice, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller...



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Dec 13, 2017

Rod Rosenstein, No. 2 official at Justice Department, is expected to face grilling by House Judiciary Committee
Ever since Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation in March, no Justice Department official has been more important to the case than Rod Rosenstein.

As the deputy attorney general, the No. 2 position at Justice, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller...



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Dec 13, 2017

Net neutrality's repeal means fast lanes could be coming to the internet. Is that a good thing?
With federal regulators poised to repeal net neutrality rules this week, your internet service provider would be allowed to speed up delivery of some online content to your home or phone.

Whether those fast lanes are coming, and what they ultimately deliver for Americans, is unclear.

The concept,...



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Dec 13, 2017

Families of patients fear GOP tax plan will scuttle drug development for rare diseases
Of all the proposals in the GOP tax plan, none may be more important to families like Jay and Amy Granzow than an obscure provision on 'orphan' drug research.

The Granzows, who live in Manhattan Beach, fear that the final tax bill will end up killing or drastically cutting a three-decade-old tax...



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Dec 13, 2017

Families of patients fear GOP tax plan will slash drug development for rare diseases
Of all the proposals in the GOP tax plan, none may be more important to families like Jay and Amy Granzow than an obscure provision on 'orphan' drug research.

The Granzows, who live in Manhattan Beach, fear that the final tax bill will end up killing or drastically cutting a three-decade-old tax...



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Dec 13, 2017

U.S. government's embattled email surveillance program proves resilient
Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which the U.S. government searches and reads the email of millions of people — and the complicity of telecom and tech companies in the effort — demands that the massive surveillance program be reined in have been intense across party lines.

Yet with...



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Dec 12, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat, but Roy Moore won't concede
Democrat Doug Jones, who started the Alabama race for U.S. Senate as a massive underdog, swept to victory Tuesday night in a repudiation of scandal-stained Roy Moore. The upset also dealt a serious blow to President Trump.

The narrow victory slices the GOP''s already-thin margin in the Senate to...



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Dec 12, 2017

In stunning 2017 defeats, Republicans see vision of difficulties in 2018
Democrats who opened the year clashing among themselves and lamenting President Trump''s election have closed 2017 with victories that demonstrated their ability to weaponize party enthusiasm and draw a template for success in a sharply competitive battle for Congress in 2018.

For Republicans, Tuesday...



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Dec 12, 2017

Trump's troubles with Congress just got worse: Five takeaways from Democrats' upset in Alabama
The stunning victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore in Alabama''s U.S. Senate election on Tuesday marked an enormous setback for Republicans in a state they have dominated for decades.

It''s a setback with a silver lining, to be sure.

Here are five big takeaways from the Democrats'' capture...



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Dec 12, 2017

Meet Doug Jones, the law-and-order Democrat who won Alabama's Senate seat
The odds of any Democrat capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama are steep at best, but Doug Jones was uniquely suited to pull off an upset Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore.

Accusations that Moore sexually abused teenage girls played a big part, no doubt, in Jones'' improbable victory over the...



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Dec 12, 2017

Meet Doug Jones, the law-and-order man who has won Alabama's Senate seat
The odds of any Democrat capturing a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama are steep at best, but Doug Jones was uniquely suited to pull off an upset Tuesday over Republican Roy Moore.

Accusations that Moore sexually abused teenage girls played a big part, no doubt, in Jones'' improbable victory over the...



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Dec 12, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in stunning victory
Democrat Doug Jones, whose uphill bid for U.S. Senate gathered strength when Republican Roy Moore was hit with charges of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, won Alabama''s special election Tuesday.

The victory by Jones, a former prosecutor, sliced the GOP''s already thin Senate majority to a bare...



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Dec 12, 2017

Moore and Jones running neck-and-neck in early Alabama Senate returns
Roy Moore and Doug Jones seesawed throughout the early returns Tuesday night as Alabama''s special U.S. Senate election lived up to its nail-biting forecasts.

With nearly a third of the vote counted, Moore was holding a 52%-47% lead. But hundreds of thousands of ballots were still to be counted,...



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Dec 12, 2017

Polls close as Alabama's fiercely fought Senate race comes down to the wire
To the great relief of many, the hardest fought, most tawdry U.S. Senate race in recent state history heaved to an uncertain finish Tuesday night as polls closed across Alabama.

Republican Roy Moore was counting on landslide support among the state''s overwhelmingly white, conservative electorate...



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Dec 12, 2017

Polls close as Alabama's fiercely fought Senate race comes down the wire
To the great relief of many, the hardest fought, most tawdry U.S. Senate race in recent state history heaved to an uncertain finish Tuesday night as polls closed across Alabama.

Turnout was strong among African Americans in particular as voters took the chance to finally have their say in a costly...



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Dec 12, 2017

Republican leaders still hammering out differences on tax bill, with final votes expected next week
Ahead of a pivotal meeting Wednesday, House and Senate negotiators swapped new offers on the GOP tax bill as they hurry to resolve differences and regain momentum for passage of President Trump''s top priority.

The focal point of the $1.5-trillion tax plan — the steep reduction in corporate rates...



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Dec 12, 2017

For the first time, a key Republican senator finds a Trump judicial nominee whom he can't support
For the first time, one of President Trump''s proposed judges is in danger of defeat, as a key Republican said the Senate should not confirm Brett Talley, a 36-year old lawyer and blogger from Alabama who has never tried a case and was unanimously rated 'not qualified' by the American Bar Assn.''s...



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Dec 12, 2017

Trump slams Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a critic, with sexually suggestive tweet
Half a dozen Democratic senators have called on President Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations. On Tuesday morning he singled out one of them for attack — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and with a sexually suggestive tweet that immediately provoked new criticism.

Trump wrote that...



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Dec 12, 2017

Trump's lawyers want second special counsel as Republicans turn up the heat on Mueller investigation
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III isn't done with his investigation into Russian meddling in last year''s presidential election, but Republicans increasingly are trying to stack up reasons for the American public to doubt whatever he concludes.

On Tuesday, President Trump''s legal team joined...



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Dec 12, 2017

Sessions and new Homeland Security chief describe efforts to crack down on gang violence, illegal immigration
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and the new chief of Homeland Security on Tuesday linked Monday''s subway bombing in New York City to what they said were misguided immigration rules, calling for stepped up border security and an end to family reunification policies.

Sessions and Kirstjen M. Nielsen, who...



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Dec 12, 2017

Sessions and new Homeland Security chief describe efforts to crackdown on gang violence, illegal immigration
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and the new chief of Homeland Security on Tuesday linked Monday''s subway bombing in New York City to what they said were misguided immigration rules, calling for stepped up border security and an end to family reunification policies.

Sessions and Kirstjen M. Nielsen, who...



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Dec 12, 2017

Tillerson faces a dispirited State Department corps in rare 'town hall'
He was welcomed to the State Department nearly 11 months ago with polite applause and hopeful anticipation from its diplomatic corps. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faced the same employees, now demoralized by months of resignations and the Trump administration''s tumultuous foreign...



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Dec 12, 2017

Fired Florida professor who called Sandy Hook massacre a hoax fails to win his job back
A former Florida Atlantic University professor who claimed he was fired in retaliation for blogging that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax lost his bid to get his job back.

Jurors in the federal free speech lawsuit filed by James Tracy took just three hours to reject his claim that the university...



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Dec 12, 2017

Relief, uncertainty as Alabama Senate race finally barrels to a close
To the great relief of many, the hardest-fought, most tawdry U.S. Senate race in recent state history heaved to an uncertain finish Tuesday across Alabama.

Polls opened at 7 a.m., and turnout was steady, though not especially strong, as voters took the chance to finally have their say in a costly...



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Dec 12, 2017

Authorities say suspect in New York subway attack boasted, ‘I did it for Islamic State'
The man charged with detonating a makeshift pipe bomb in the New York transit system was radicalized through internet propaganda and told investigators, 'I did it for the Islamic State,' according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court Tuesday.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old legal permanent...



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Dec 12, 2017

Roy Moore's wife revives bigotry charges against her husband. Was that intentional?
If Kayla Moore was trying to convince the public that her husband Roy Moore is not an anti-Semite, she hardly could have done a worse job.

Her election eve comment — 'One of our attorneys is a Jew' — became an instant punchline, summing up Republican Roy Moore''s long history of overt bigotry just...



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Dec 12, 2017

Suspect in New York City subway bomb attack charged
The suspect in a bomb attack on New York City''s transit system has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat, the New York Police Department announced Tuesday.

Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old legal permanent resident from Bangladesh,...



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Dec 12, 2017

Shopping mall giant Westfield is sold to French real estate firm in $16-billion deal
Westfield Corp., operator of upscale shopping malls in Los Angeles and dozens of other locations in the U.S. and Britain, is being sold to French commercial real estate giant Unibail-Rodamco in a $16-billion deal, the two companies announced Tuesday.

The cash-and-stock deal values shares of Australia-based...



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Dec 12, 2017

Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to predict
With the help of two high-profile surrogates, Roy Moore and Doug Jones scrambled Monday to stake their final claims in Alabama''s cliffhanger of a U.S. Senate race.

Moore, who largely disappeared from public view after being accused of sexual misconduct, resurfaced for an election eve rally with...



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Dec 12, 2017

Three things to watch in Alabama's Senate election
It''s a surreal spectacle to see a Democrat running a viable campaign for U.S. Senate from Alabama.

President Trump won more than 62% of the Alabama vote last year, one of his biggest victories in the nation. Both of Alabama''s U.S. senators are Republican, and so are six of its seven House members....



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Dec 12, 2017

When his wife got a traffic ticket, he tried to fight the system with science. It turned into a battle over free speech
In 2013, Mats Järlström''s wife got a $260 ticket in the mail for running a red light.

It wasn''t exactly the crime of the century. A camera caught her Volkswagen passing through a Beaverton, Ore., intersection 0.12 second after the light turned from yellow to red.

Other people might curse, pay the...



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Dec 11, 2017

Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to call
With the help of two high-profile surrogates, Roy Moore and Doug Jones scrambled Monday to stake their final claims in Alabama''s cliffhanger of a U.S. Senate race.

Moore, who largely disappeared from public view after being accused of sexual misconduct, resurfaced for an election eve rally with...



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Dec 11, 2017

Amid the rush to finish GOP tax bill, a sudden slowdown for second thoughts
The rush to finish the GOP tax overhaul has hit a snag as Republicans grapple with substantial differences between the House and Senate bills, and pause to consider unintended consequences of the most massive rewrite of the tax code in a generation.

Lawmakers are eager to pass the bill, President...



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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect in New York bomb attack said to have been inspired by Islamic State's call for Christmas attacks
The suspect in a bomb attack in New York City''s transit system Monday told investigators he had been inspired by Islamic State''s recent call for attacks in Western cities around the Christmas holidays, a federal law enforcement official said.

The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah,...



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Dec 11, 2017

Trump links New York bomb attack to immigration debate
President Trump cited the suspect in the New York subway bombing on Monday as an argument for his crackdown on legal as well as illegal immigration, after the administration said the man entered the country in 2011 on a family immigrant visa.

'Today''s attempted mass murder attack in New York City...



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Dec 11, 2017

Supreme Court puts off hearing a case on job protections for LGBT employees
The Supreme Court has put off for a year or more a ruling on whether gays and lesbians are protected from job discrimination under the federal civil rights law.

The justices without comment or dissent declined to hear a Georgia woman''s suit that alleged she was pushed out of her job as a hospital...



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Dec 11, 2017

White House says New York bombing attempt spotlights need for immigration reform
An explosive device was detonated near Times Square during the morning rush hour Monday, injuring four people and snarling Manhattan transit, authorities said. 'This was an attempted terrorist attack,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

New York City Police Commissioner James P. O''Neill said in a news...



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Dec 11, 2017

Polls in Alabama are all over the map. Why's it so hard to know who's ahead?
The latest polls in the Alabama Senate race have Doug Jones, the Democrat, ahead by 10 points. Or Roy Moore, the Republican, ahead by 9. Why is this election so hard to forecast?

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Dec 11, 2017

Suspect in N.Y. blast had pipe bomb strapped to body, was among 4 injured, authorities say
An explosive device was detonated near Times Square during the morning rush hour Monday, injuring four people and snarling Manhattan transit, authorities said. 'This was an attempted terrorist attack,' Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

New York City Police Commissioner James P. O''Neill said in a news...



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Dec 11, 2017

Mayor says explosion that injured four in New York was act of terrorism
An explosive device exploded near Times Square during the morning rush hour Monday, injuring four people and snarling Manhattan transit, authorities said. Mayor Bill de Blasio described it as a terrorist act.

Early reports indicated that the device was a a pipe bomb and that it exploded in a passageway...



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Dec 11, 2017

Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law
The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage.

Scalia often spoke of his strong Catholic faith. But he also believed the...



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Dec 10, 2017

Black voters are key to Democratic hopes in Alabama's Senate race. Will they turn out?
Two minutes into Sunday''s invocation, after blessing the sunshine and recent snowfall and its swift melting, the pastor turned to the political contest that has riveted the nation''s attention on the Deep South.

He asked the Lord to lift up the country, from the White House to City Hall, and asked...



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Dec 10, 2017

The flow is receding, but Puerto Rican evacuees are still pouring into Florida
Ashley Mendez arrived in Orlando before sunrise Thursday, her eyes red from crying, a single duffel bag holding all her worldly possessions. The 20-year-old already ached for her mother, left behind in Puerto Rico.

She made her way through a special welcome center at Orlando International Airport...



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Dec 10, 2017

As businesses rush to exploit GOP tax cuts, government revenue may shrink more than expected
As soon as the last major tax overhaul was enacted in the fall of 1986, accountant Edward Mendlowitz remembers working around the clock to convert corporations into partnerships and other so-called pass-through businesses to take advantage of the new tax code.

Now with congressional Republicans...



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Dec 10, 2017

Mysterious disease wastes South Florida's corals, and scientists are racing to find a cure
A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida''s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life.

Called white plague, white blotch and other names,...



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Dec 09, 2017

In Alabama Senate race, Republicans fear they may lose even if Roy Moore wins
With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama''s scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign — and the outcome far from clear — some Republicans have already conceded defeat.

From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results.

Either voters will elect a Democratic U.S....



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Dec 09, 2017

'Mr. President, we don't need you in Mississippi.' Protesters gather as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum
President Trump made a brief visit to Mississippi''s capital on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum as his presence sparked a boycott by lawmakers, civil rights icons and protesters who questioned his commitment to racial equality.

'Trump does not care about human rights!...



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Dec 09, 2017

In Alabama, Republicans fear a lose-lose in Roy Moore Senate race
With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama''s scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign — and the outcome far from clear — some Republicans have already conceded defeat.

From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results.

Either Democrats will elect a U.S. senator...



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Dec 09, 2017

'Mr. President, we don't need you in Mississippi.' Protests as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum
Residents greeted the arrival of President Trump in the Mississippi capital Saturday with protests as he came to speak at the opening of a major civil rights museum.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and a companion state history museum will open their doors in the afternoon after a celebration...



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Dec 09, 2017

European allies give Tillerson an earful about Trump's decision on Jerusalem
It was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson''s bad luck that he was in Europe meeting with dozens of U.S. allies when President Trump, on Wednesday, announced formal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that angered much of the world.

Tillerson, who wound up a five-day, four-city,...



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Dec 08, 2017

In Florida, Trump attacks credibility of Roy Moore accuser as he rallies support for Alabama Senate hopeful
President Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama on Friday by trying to undercut the credibility of a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

At a campaign rally just over the Alabama state line in Pensacola, Fla., Trump tried to buttress...



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Dec 08, 2017

Snowmen in Alabama? Sledding in Mississippi? From Texas to Georgia, snow blankets the South
Snow blanketed a vast swath of the Deep South on Friday, triggering a flurry of winter weather warnings that closed businesses and schools, canceled hundreds of flights and caused traffic gridlock. It also unleashed a flurry of snowman construction and sledding in places more accustomed to sunshine...



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Dec 08, 2017

Trump doubles down on his demand for a border wall


President Trump still wants his wall.



Minutes after he signed a stopgap measure to give Congress two more weeks to negotiate a spending deal and avoid a government shutdown, the president renewed his call for lawmakers to fund his signature campaign promise — a large physical wall along the 2,000...



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Dec 08, 2017

The unarmed man crouched and cried in fear before the policeman shot him five times. But the officer was acquitted
The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: 'Please do not shoot me.'

It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...



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Dec 08, 2017

Former Arizona police officer acquitted in fatal shooting captured on body camera
The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: 'Please do not shoot me.'

It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...



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Dec 08, 2017

Trump turns celebration of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum ‘into a slap in the face,' say activists who plan to protest
Four years after it broke ground and nearly two decades after civil rights veterans began pushing for its establishment, the country''s first state-sponsored civil rights museum will open Saturday in Mississippi at a cost of more than $90 million.

But for all the work that went into it and a companion...



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Dec 08, 2017

Roy Moore calls accuser a liar after she admits she added notes to his yearbook inscription


U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama stepped up his attacks Friday on the integrity of a woman who says that he sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress at a restaurant where he often dined when he was a prosecutor in his 30s.



The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, conceded in...



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Dec 08, 2017

Arizona officer acquitted in fatal shooting captured on body camera
The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: 'Please do not shoot me.'

It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out of a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...



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Dec 08, 2017

Video shows Florida deputy fatally shooting man who was in a fight with another deputy
A citizen''s video that shows a fatal shooting between a Lauderdale Lakes man and Broward Sheriff''s deputies appeared on social media Friday.

And later that afternoon, the sheriff''s office took the unusual step of releasing additional video and 911 recordings from the open investigation to defend...



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Dec 08, 2017

Roy Moore: America was great 'when families were united - even though we had slavery'


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Dec 08, 2017

Trump denies that Wells Fargo may avoid federal penalties for alleged mortgage lending abuses
President Trump on Friday denied a report that the federal consumer financial watchdog might drop sanctions against Wells Fargo & Co. for alleged mortgage lending abuses and said the bank could face even tougher penalties.

Trump''s response was to a Reuters report that Mick Mulvaney — whom Trump...



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Dec 08, 2017

The whirlwind hits Washington: Franken, Franks, Conyers herald more to come
As charges of sexual misconduct felled men in Hollywood, the media and technology this fall, Washington seemed notably to hesitate, sticking with an older code of impunity, hoping to avoid a painful moment of reckoning.

When the moment hit this week, the toppled men sounded bewildered.

Their puzzled...



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Dec 07, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes cleared of allegations that he disclosed classified information in Russia investigation
The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared Rep. Devin Nunes of allegations that he disclosed classified information related to the House investigation of Russian meddling in last year''s election.

The committee said in a statement that experts it interviewed determined that the information the...



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Dec 07, 2017

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Al Franken says he'll resign amid allegations of sexual misdeeds
Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign his Senate seat, falling to a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations like those that have enmeshed other politicians, business leaders and media figures across the country in recent months.

Hours later, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, a Republican...



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Dec 07, 2017

Californians might retain a state and local income tax deduction — but with limits
Californians still might retain their ability to deduct state and local taxes from their federal returns under the Republican overhaul — but with a catch.

The total annual deduction would be capped at $10,000, which is the same level as a limited deduction for property taxes that both the House...



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Dec 07, 2017

Congress approves stopgap funding measure, averting government shutdown threat for now
House Republicans approved legislation Thursday to keep the government running — something they''ve rarely been able to do on their own. The Senate followed suit shortly thereafter, ensuring that a weekend shutdown would be averted.

Most House Democrats refused to support the stopgap measure, which...



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Dec 07, 2017

House Republicans approve stopgap funding measure, averting government shutdown threat for now
House Republicans approved legislation Thursday to keep the government running — something they''ve rarely been able to do on their own — ensuring a weekend shutdown will likely be averted.

The Senate was expected to follow suit later Thursday.

Most House Democrats refused to support the stopgap...



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Dec 07, 2017

Ex-South Carolina police officer who killed Walter Scott sentenced to 20 years in prison
Michael Slager, the white former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as he fled a traffic stop, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison.

In a rare case of a law enforcement officer being imprisoned for an on-duty shooting, U.S. District Judge David...



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Dec 07, 2017

Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington
Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out.

It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the federal...



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Dec 07, 2017

Al Franken says he will resign from the Senate after multiple allegations of sexual improprieties
Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign his Senate seat, falling to a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations like those that have enmeshed other politicians, business leaders and media figures across the country in recent months.

The Minnesota Democrat, a second-term senator once seen...



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Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray defends bureau after Trump calls it 'in tatters'
Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI''s reputation was 'in tatters,' FBI Director Christopher A. Wray staunchly defended the federal law enforcement agency Thursday, telling Congress 'there is no finer institution.'

'We are determined to be the very best at protecting the American...



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Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray defends bureau amid turbulence over Russia investigation
Four days after President Trump tweeting that the FBI''s reputation was 'in tatters,' FBI Director Christopher A. Wray defended the bureau Thursday, telling Congress 'there is no finer institution.'

'We are determined to be the very best at protecting the American people and upholding the rule of...



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Dec 07, 2017

Ahead of Trump meeting, Pelosi says Democrats won't support stopgap bill to prevent shutdown
Ahead of a meeting Thursday with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would not support a stopgap funding bill, putting pressure on the splintered Republican majority to deliver the votes needed to avoid a federal shutdown.

Funding for the government runs out Friday,...



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Dec 07, 2017

FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify amid turbulence over Russia investigation
Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI''s reputation was 'in tatters,' the bureau''s new director, Christopher A. Wray, will testify before Congress for the first time Thursday.

The House Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET.

Wray will face questions from...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children and lawmakers are among goodies in Republican bill
As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.

Here''s a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for being...



LA Times National News
Dec 07, 2017

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children are among goodies in Republican bill
As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.

Here''s a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for being...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Consumer financial watchdog's deputy director asks judge for injunction to replace Mick Mulvaney as acting chief
The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking a federal judge for an injunction to install her as the agency''s acting chief in place of President Trump''s appointee, Mick Mulvaney.

The Wednesday night legal filing by Leandra English is the latest in the legal battle for...



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Dec 06, 2017

9th Circuit judges skeptical of Trump's travel ban
Two days after the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to enforce his travel ban, a federal appeals court appeared skeptical that it complied with the law.

During a hearing in Seattle before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawyer for the Trump administration argued...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

U.S. 9th Circuit judges skeptical of Trump's travel ban
Two days after the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to enforce his travel ban, a federal appeals court appeared skeptical that it complied with the law.

During a hearing in Seattle before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawyer for the Trump administration argued...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparks anger across Muslim world and beyond
Fresh anger poured in from across the Muslim world Wednesday as President Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel''s capital, a move that Arab and European leaders have warned could spark violence and destroy any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace process.

Israel responded with...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Sen. Franken to announce plans as a cascade of Democrats demands his resignation over groping allegations
Democratic patience with Sen. Al Franken evaporated Wednesday in the wake of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against him, and in an uprising led by women, more than half of the party''s senators demanded he resign — a decision that could arrive as soon as Thursday.

The cascade of opposition...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

After years of trying, Pearl Harbor survivors persuade officials to award a medal to the man who saved their lives
The ship was burning and Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner thought they were going to die.

Bruner already had been wounded aboard the USS Arizona, taking bullets to a leg. He was bleeding badly. Stratton was burned on his back, face and leg. Part of his ear was missing. Japanese Zeros buzzed above...



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Dec 06, 2017

Michael Flynn is said to have promised that Russia sanctions would be 'ripped up'
President Trump''s first national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, texted a former business associate on Inauguration Day that Obama-era sanctions against Russia would be 'ripped up' and that a lucrative proposal to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners in the Middle East was 'good to...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Who really wants Trump to recognize Jerusalem? His evangelical supporters at home
President Trump summed up a central reason for declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel — one of the most consequential and globally risky decisions of his presidency — in a single statement.

'While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,' he said from...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Franken to announce plans as cascade of Democrats demands his resignation over groping allegations
Democratic patience with Sen. Al Franken evaporated Wednesday in the wake of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against him, and in an uprising led by women, more than half of the party''s senators demanded he resign — a decision that could arrive as soon as Thursday.

The cascade of opposition...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparks anger across Muslim world
Fresh anger poured in from across the Muslim world Wednesday as President Trump said the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel''s capital, a move that Arab and world leaders have warned could spark violence and destroy any hopes of reviving the Mideast peace process.

Israel responded with...



LA Times National News
Dec 06, 2017

Trump says U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel, upending U.S. policy and sparking protests
President Trump said Wednesday that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin a process to transfer the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, reversing decades of U.S. policy and defying sweeping international criticism.

'I have determined it is time to officially...



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