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Leaders finalize US budget bill; voting could begin Thursday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional leaders have finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant "Dreamers," deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental steps to address gun violence....

Last-gasp try for immigration deal fell to partisan disputes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An effort to protect young Dreamer immigrants from deportation never really had much chance of squeezing into the last bill Congress must pass this election year. That's why bargainers from both parties were surprised when the White House tried anyway....

Trump: 'Crazy' Biden would go down crying if he assaulted me
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump lashed out at Joe Biden for wanting "beat the hell out of him," saying Thursday that the former vice president "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."...

Trump to punish China on trade as US companies fear backlash
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Farmers, electronics retailers and other U.S. businesses are bracing for a backlash as President Donald Trump targets China for stealing American technology or pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over....

Can Zuckerberg's media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network....

With fate of economy in his hands, Powell plays it low-key
In his first news conference as head of the world's leading central bank, Jerome Powell avoided any professorial lectures....

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Sotomayor rapped for surfing the web
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor was only following the lead of her chief during Tuesday's arguments over crisis pregnancy centers when she said she visited the website of one of the centers involved in the Supreme Court case....

US facing off against AT&T to block merger with Time Warner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is facing off against AT&T to block the telephone giant from absorbing Time Warner, in a case that could shape how consumers get - and how much they pay for - streaming TV and movies....

Saccone concedes Pennsylvania US House race to Lamb
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Republican Rick Saccone conceded defeat to Democrat Conor Lamb on Wednesday night in a closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, more than a week after the end of a remarkable race that has shaken GOP confidence ahead of the November midterm elections....

White House increasingly facing questions about Trump's past
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Haunted by Russia and beset by internal strife, Donald Trump's White House is also increasingly being forced to confront allegations from the president's past, as an adult film star, a former Playboy model and a onetime "Apprentice" contestant press court cases....

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