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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 ...

A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the ...

Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the ...

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a ...

White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter ...

Trump says government shutdown possible, blames Democrats

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that a government shutdown was possible this weekend because Democrats were demanding to have "illegal immigrants pouring into our country," tossing incendiary rhetoric onto a partisan ...

New blaze erupts in tony Bel-Air area of Los Angeles

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California. Flames exploded before dawn on the steep ...