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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election. Smith was widely seen as ...

GOP questions political leaning of Mueller team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican members of Congress are challenging the deputy attorney general about the political leanings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team. The questioning of Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday comes one day after Congress received from the Justice Department ...

House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to ...

Elections chief: Automatic recount unlikely in Alabama race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state’s election chief said Wednesday as Democratic victor Doug Jones urged Republican Roy Moore to concede. Speaking during an ...

GOP says it’s got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans — Donald Trump among them — and deliver the first major legislative ...

Prosecutors say suspect taunted Trump before subway bombing

NEW YORK (AP) — A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing blamed President Donald Trump for the botched suicide mission that he said he carried out for the Islamic State group, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him Tuesday. Akayed Ullah posted a ...

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dies suddenly at 65

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from Lee’s office said the city’s first ...

Alabama special Senate race now in hands of voters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday in Alabama’s special Senate election and faced two choices: Either continue the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allow “decency” to prevail back home. At the center is Roy Moore — “Judge Moore,” to his ...

Prosecutor: Bomb suspect wanted maximum damage

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says the man accused of setting off a bomb in the New York City subway system chose a time and place designed to cause maximum destruction — though it ultimately only caused minor injuries to three others. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim says the ...

Jones wins in stunning Alabama upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual ...

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over virtual currency

CHICAGO (AP) — Bitcoin’s debut on a major U.S. exchange is a hit so far, with the price of the first-ever futures contract for the virtual currency rising 18 percent. The futures contract that expires in January surged $2,730 to $18,190 Monday morning on the Chicago Board Options ...

Mayor of Paris sends message of support for NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — The mayor of Paris is expressing support for New York City and those wounded in a pipe bomb explosion in an underground passageway in the Times Square area. Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Monday that “New York has been by our side each time we have been hit by attacks and ...

Fed set to raise rates as Yellen gives final news conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investors seem certain about this: The Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates this week for the third time this year. They’re less sure about what the central bank might have in store for 2018, and they will look to Janet Yellen’s final news conference as ...

Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Democrats see Tuesday’s special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state’s reputation beyond its borders. Many Republicans see the vote as ...

Firefighters protect coastal California towns as blaze rages

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters kept a wall of flames from descending mountains into coastal neighborhoods after a huge and destructive Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history. Tens of thousands remained under evacuation orders Monday ...

Eagles’ Pederson confirms Carson Wentz is out with torn left ACL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson has confirmed that star quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss rest of the season and playoffs. Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that confirmed the severity of the injury. Wentz was hurt late ...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to ...

Most Alabama GOP leaders say they are voting for Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Most Republican leaders in Alabama say they plan to vote for Roy Moore on Tuesday despite sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge that have prompted others around the country to say he should never be allowed to join the U.S. Senate. Sen. Richard ...

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information among lawmakers and officials, while Chinese hackers are increasingly attacking European companies through trusted suppliers. ...

Early praise for ‘The Last Jedi’ after elaborate premiere

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online. Rian Johnson, the writer ...