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Sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press 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 ...

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great ...

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

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 ...

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump’s fiery tweet

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Gillibrand, ...

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday in the hours before the man was ...

Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

By SADIE GURMAN and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on ...

Tax package would ease hit to residents of high-tax states

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax ...

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

By ERIC TUCKER, JENNIFER McDERMOTT and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People close to Michael Flynn are describing the emotional pressures he faced this past year as special counsel Robert Mueller closed in on him and also investigated his son. President Donald Trump's former ...

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dies suddenly at 65

By JANIE HAR, Associated Press 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 ...

Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that an attack on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue. Speaking at a news conference ...

Stormtroopers and princes on London’s ‘Last Jedi’ red carpet

LONDON (AP) — "Star Wars" fans and royal-watchers gathered Tuesday at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Prince William and Prince Harry were due on the red carpet for the European premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The royal siblings may even make a cameo appearance in the ...

Dems say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, crude

By NANCY BENAC and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign ...

‘One of my nightmares’: Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities ...

Alabama foes get in final licks before Tuesday’s big vote

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Facing voters at last after the year's most bitter U.S. campaign, Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. Rival Doug Jones, hoping ...

Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some ...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writers Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article ...

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside ...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered another legal setback. The new policy reflects the difficult hurdles the ...

New Mexico school shooting leaves 2 students, suspect dead

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A shooting at a high school in a small New Mexico town left two students and the suspect dead, authorities said Thursday as schools throughout the area remained on lockdown as a precaution. State police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other ...

Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise ...