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US general lays out Niger attack details; questions remain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. special forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn't call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general said Monday, as he tried to clear up some of the murky details of the assault that killed four American troops and has triggered a nasty political brawl....

Trump shoots down retirement limit to pay for GOP tax cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump shot down a possible approach for raising revenue to finance tax cuts in politically must-do legislation for the Republicans, promising Monday the popular 401(k) retirement savings program will be untouched....

Senate advances $36.5 billion disaster relief package
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Monday gave a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash and keep the federal flood insurance program from running out of money to pay claims....

Angry soldier's widow says Trump didn't know husband's name
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A fallen soldier's angry widow joined the stormy dispute with President Donald Trump on Monday over his response to her husband's death, declaring that his failure to remember the soldier's name in last week's condolence call "made me cry." He retorted that the call was "very respectful" and her accusation about her husband's name simply wasn't true....

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades....

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Army medic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Monday turned a Medal of Honor ceremony for a Vietnam-era Army medic who risked his life to help wounded comrades into a mini homework tutorial for the boy and girl who came to watch their grandfather be enshrined "into the history of our nation."...

Ivanka Trump says tax plan addresses needs of US families
RICHBORO, Pa. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's eldest daughter on Monday channeled her roles as a working mother, entrepreneur and senior adviser to the president to help sell the administration's tax plan, which she said is overdue to address the needs of the modern American family in an increasingly competitive global market....

Former FBI director in Iowa: It's for family, not politics
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Scorned by President Donald Trump, former FBI director James Comey turned up in, of all places, Iowa this past weekend....

Ex-energy regulators denounce Trump bid to boost coal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eight former federal energy regulators - including five former commission chairs - oppose a Trump administration plan to bolster nuclear and coal-fired power plants, arguing it would raise prices and disrupt electricity markets....

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Justices' security focus of lawsuit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last month, Justice Stephen Breyer was confronted at a Washington-area airport by a reporter for a celebrity website who asked him about his favorite books and movies. In video of the interaction , Breyer looks mildly amused. The two men with him don't....

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, speaks to reporters about the Niger operation during a briefing at the Pentagon, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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