Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill's health provision WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of President Donald Trump's leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to overhaul business and personal income taxes that is expected to be voted on after Thanksgiving. The provision to repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have insurance has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has said that issue should be dealt with separately from the push by Trump and fellow Republicans to overhaul the tax code. Collins' vote is crucial in a chamber where Republicans hold a slim 52-48 edge.
Zimbabwe president defies mounting pressure to leave office HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe defied calls to quit Sunday, saying he will preside over a ruling party congress in December in an announcement that could trigger impeachment proceedings this week and more protests demanding his ouster. In a televised address, the 93-year-old Mugabe acknowledged what he said were "a whole range of concerns" of Zimbabweans about the chaotic state of the government and the economy, but he stopped short of what many people in the southern African nation were hoping for - a statement that he was resigning after nearly four decades in power. The once-formidable Mugabe is now a virtually powerless, isolated figure, making his continued incumbency all the more unusual and extending Zimbabwe's political limbo.
10 Things to Know for Monday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. SEVERAL GOP SENATORS REMAIN TAX BILL SKEPTICS Sen. Susan Collins is critical of a plan to repeal a key Obamacare provision as part of the $1.5 trillion tax bill, while Sens. Ron Johnson, Bob Corker and John McCain have other misgivings. 2. WHY TRUMP ISN'T STUMPING FOR MOORE The president hasn't campaigned for Roy Moore because of "discomfort" over sexual assault claims against the Ala. senate candidate, an aide says. 3. ZIMBABWE'S MUGABE GETS ULTIMATUM The country's ruling party says impeachment proceedings would begin if the embattled, 93-year-old leader does not resign.
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Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority WASHINGTON (AP) - It's hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday - the day America gets into a nuclear shooting war. No detail seems to have been overlooked. There's even a designated "safe escape" door at the nuclear-warfighting headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, through which the four-star commander would rush to a getaway plane moments before the first bomb hit. Procedures are in place for ensuring U.S. nuclear weapons are ready for a presidential launch order in response to - or in anticipation of - a nuclear attack by North Korea or anyone else. There are backup procedures and backups for the backups.
Official says Trump doesn't know who to believe about Moore WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump doesn't know who to believe about sexual misconduct allegations involving Roy Moore, but isn't campaigning for his party's Senate candidate in Alabama because of "discomfort" with the claims made by a number of women, aides said Sunday. One Republican senator urged Alabama voters to reject Moore in the Dec. 12 election even if that could mean ceding the seat to a Democrat and narrowing the GOP's 52-48 Senate edge. A second GOP lawmaker suggested there was "a strong possibility" that a write-in candidate - "a proven conservative" - could win, though no name was mentioned and Moore has rejected the idea of quitting.
German government talks collapse; Merkel seeks to reassure BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged early Monday to maintain stability after the Free Democratic Party pulled out of talks on forming a new government with her conservative bloc and the left-leaning Greens, raising the possibility of new elections. Merkel told reporters that the parties had been close to reaching a consensus on how to proceed with formal coalition talks but that the Free Democrats decided abruptly to pull out just before midnight Sunday - a move she said she respected, but found "regrettable." She said she would consult with Germany's president later in the day to brief him on the negotiations and discuss what comes next.
APNewsBreak: Neurologist faces sex allegations in 3 states A prominent neurologist, already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic, is facing a growing number of accusations that he preyed on especially vulnerable pain patients at medical facilities in three states, using his impressive reputation as a healer to trap women in long-term doctor-patient relationships marked by abuse. At least 17 women in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have stepped forward to accuse Dr. Ricardo Cruciani of sexual misconduct that goes back at least a dozen years, either reporting him to police or retaining an attorney to pursue civil claims, according to an Associated Press review of documents and interviews with the lawyer and three of the accusers.
Tambor doesn't see how he can return to 'Transparent' LOS ANGELES (AP) - Following two allegations of sexual harassment against him, actor Jeffrey Tambor says he doesn't see how he can return to the Amazon series "Transparent." In an ambiguous statement Sunday that heavily implies, though doesn't confirm, an imminent departure from the Emmy-winning series, Tambor referenced what he calls a "politicized atmosphere" that has afflicted the set. He said that this is "no longer the job I signed up for four years ago." Two women have come forward over the past few weeks to accuse Tambor of sexual harassment, including "Transparent" actress Trace Lysette and his former assistant, who Tambor said was disgruntled.
Clarkson, Pink honor victims of hurricanes, violence at AMAs Kelly Clarkson and Pink kicked off the 2017 American Music Awards paying tribute to those affected this year by hurricanes, gun violence, hate crimes and other tragic events. Before the pop stars sang R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" on Sunday, Jamie Foxx said this year "we needed the power of music to help us escape the news of the day ... to help us heal." First responders stood behind the actor at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, earning loud applause from the audience. "Together we can unite as a people and as a nation," Foxx said. Imagine Dragons echoed the positive vibes when the band won the first award of the night for favorite pop/rock duo or group.
The Latest: Eagles lose kicker to injury, plan to go for 2 Philadelphia kicker Luke Elliott has been ruled out against Dallas with a head injury, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson told NBC he would go for it on fourth down and attempt 2-point conversions rather than kick. The Eagles converted the first time it came up on the opening drive of the second half. After Corey Clement caught an 11-yard touchdown pass, he took a screen pass in for the 2-point conversion to put the Eagles up 15-9. Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill is the Eagles' emergency kicker. His kickoff after Clement's touchdown reached the goal line. Ryan Switzer returned the line-drive kick to the 29.