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Senate, House reach agreement in principle on $1.5T tax bill

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WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Republican leaders on Wednesday reached an agreement in principle on a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code, setting the stage for votes next week on a bill to slash corporate taxes and lower individual…

Wednesday, Dec 13

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GOP's not all that sad; party grapples with Alabama fallout

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Weary national Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, a day after voters knocked out their own party's scandal-plagued candidate in deep-red Alabama. Yet all is not well in a party confronted with new rounds of…

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Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

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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 Wednesday and said he…

Fed boosts benchmark interest rate for third time this year

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The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

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Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

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British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived three surgeries to place her heart inside her chest.

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The Latest: Crews gain on California fire but threat remains

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After announcing increased containment on one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials say communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again

EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018

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European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020.

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'I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas' wish granted, again

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Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first

Oklahoma zoo gets hippopotamus for Christmas

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On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song, "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," helped the zoo purchase its first.

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

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Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according…

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Sen. Schumer says he gave fake misconduct complaint to cops

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WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday turned over to U.S. Capitol Police a forged document alleging a former staffer sued him for sexual harassment five years ago, an accusation Schumer and the staffer denied,…

Putin receives briefings on Trump's tweets, Kremlin says

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The Kremlin views the tweets sent by President Donald Trump as official statements, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally briefed on them.

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Democrat Jones wins Alabama special Senate race in stunning upset

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Democrat Doug Jones has won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president…

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A way forward for net neutrality

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FCC must keep information flowing.

Tuesday, Dec 12

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Trump insults Gillibrand after resignation call

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday disparaged Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as someone who once "would do anything" for campaign contributions -- among other personal insults he lobbed after she called for his resignation over…

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LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball turn professional, sign with club in Lithuania

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A basketball club from Lithuania says it has signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball's two younger sons ineligible for college basketball.

Menorah lightings planned around the world for Hanukkah

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Menorah lightings are planned there again this year for Hanukkah, which begins Tuesday, and at other landmarks and destinations around the world.

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Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

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President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met."

J.K. Rowling says she's proud to be made royal Companion of Honor

J.K. Rowling received the honor from Prince William on Tuesday at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

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Insult charge against detained SBU prof dropped in Cameroon

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UNITED NATIONS -- Legal authorities in Cameroon have dropped a serious charge against the Stony Brook University professor detained last week because his writings allegedly criticized -- and possibly threatened -- the nation's president,…

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Ex-Turkish cop testifies in trial of Mehmet Hakan Atilla

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A former Turkish police officer who led the investigation of a smuggling, bribery and Iran sanctions-busting scheme that touched top ministers, testified in Manhattan federal court on Monday that he was imprisoned and eventually had to…

Monday, Dec 11

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Gillibrand: Trump should resign over sex misconduct allegations

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"President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign," Gillibrand said.

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Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work?

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Some women, and men, worry the same climate that's emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues.

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EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with…

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Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency hits major exchange

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The first-ever bitcoin future jumped after it began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange.

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Schumer seeks restoration of baggage-fee disclosure plan

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the Trump administration Sunday to restore an Obama-era proposal that would have required airlines to post checked baggage fees at the start of a ticket purchase.

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SBU professor charged with threatening Cameroon's president

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A Stony Brook University professor detained in Cameroon after the publication of an essay critical of the country's government has been charged with insulting the country's president on social media and allegedly issuing a death threat,…

Nikki Haley: Trump's decision on Jerusalem advances peace

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"When the president made this comment on Wednesday, everybody said the sky was going to fall. So Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, the sky's still up there," Haley said. "What if this actually moved the ball forward?"

Sunday, Dec 10

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Celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies in prison at 74

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LONDON -- Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford, a confidant to the stars who fell from grace amid Britain's investigation of past sexual abuse, died Sunday after collapsing in prison. He was 74.

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Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices

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Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options.