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Rubio threat on child tax credit puts bump in GOP tax path
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Marco Rubio's potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents put a speed bump into GOP leaders' drive to push their big tax package through the Senate, but it's a complication that's likely to be resolved. The Florida senator declared Thursday that he'll vote against the $1.5 trillion bill unless House and Senate negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. That puts the Republicans' razor-thin margin in the Senate closer to the edge. The GOP leaders are straining to muscle the bill through Congress next week, handing President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory by Christmas.


Suspect in car attack faces new charge: first-degree murder
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that they were seeking to upgrade the second-degree murder charge he previously faced in the Aug. 12 collision in Charlottesville that left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens injured. The judge agreed to that and ruled there is probable cause for all charges against Fields, including nine lesser felony counts, to proceed.


10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO COULD HOLD UP GOP TAX PACKAGE Republican Senator Marco Rubio's potential defection over a tax credit for low-income parents puts a speed bump into his party's effort to approve tax overhaul. 2. HOW NEW RULES COULD AFFECT THE INTERNET Over time, the repeal of "net neutrality" could change your online viewing and shopping habits and which apps you use. 3. CHARGES UPGRADED FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE DRIVER The Ohio man accused of ramming a car into a crowd of people protesting at an August white nationalist rally in Virginia has his most serious charge raised to first-degree murder.


Dustin Hoffman accused of new incidents of sexual misconduct
LOS ANGELES (AP) - More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old. Playwright Cori Thomas described the 1980 incident in a story published Thursday by the trade outlet Variety. She confirmed the story in an email to The Associated Press. Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman's daughter when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his hotel room to wait for her mother after a dinner with the teenagers. Thomas says after Hoffman's daughter left, the actor took a shower and came out wearing only a towel, which she told Variety he dropped, exposing herself to him.


Workplace romance under spotlight after sex scandals
NEW YORK (AP) - The minefield that co-workers and companies navigate when it comes to love at work has gotten even more complex following the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, politics and the media. Office relationships that might have flown under the radar - particularly those between boss and subordinate - are getting a new look. And even those who might be looking to ask a co-worker on a date are thinking twice. "People need to think hard before they enter into a workplace romance," said Pennell Locey, a human resources expert at consulting firm Keystone Associates, who knows how complicated love can get in the workplace: She married a co-worker.


EU leaders launch new phase in Brexit talks
BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union cleared the way Friday for Brexit talks with Britain to move onto the second stage, which will involve wide-ranging - and potentially far trickier - discussions on their future relationship and trade. The 27 leaders authorized the move, almost nine months after Britain triggered the two-year mechanism by which it will leave the bloc. "EU leaders agree to move on to the second phase," EU chief Donald Tusk said on Twitter. Tusk, who is EU Council President, also congratulated British Prime Minister Theresa May in his tweet. Since March, the EU side has been marked by a high degree of cohesion, which contrasts with the sometime-chaotic nature of Britain's approach.


As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood
NEW YORK (AP) - After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney's deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one of the industry's most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map. Disney's move - to pay $52.4 billion in stock for Fox assets - has countless reverberations. But by effectively absorbing Fox's film studio, 20th Century Fox, Disney has rapidly accelerated the industry contraction that many considered inevitable in an era of flat-lining ticket sales and new streaming competitors like Netflix, Amazon and Apple.


AP PHOTOS: Best of 2017 for the Middle East
In 2017 the Islamic State group was driven from its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria at an enormous cost, Pakistanis broke their silence to speak about sexual abuse in Islamic schools, and the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ignited widespread protests. Associated Press photographers across the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan documented war and unrest from the front lines of the region's conflicts, including in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is battling Iranian-allied rebels and where its blockade on the Arab world's poorest country has crippled infrastructure and given rise to a cholera epidemic. The array of forces lined up against IS finally drove the group from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of its self-styled caliphate, and Mosul in northern Iraq, the largest city ever held by the extremists.


Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. Australia's Royal Commission into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final 17-volume report and 189 recommendations following a wide-ranging investigation. Australia's longest-running royal commission - which is the country' highest form of inquiry - has been investigating since 2012 how the Catholic Church and other institutions responded to sexual abuse of children in Australia over 90 years. The report heard the testimonies of more than 8,000 survivors of child sex abuse.


The kids are alright: 'Youthquake' is Oxford word of 2017
LONDON (AP) - Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation Friday with its 2017 word of the year : youthquake. Oxford lexicographers say there was a fivefold increase in use of the term between 2016 and 2017. It is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." The word, coined almost 50 years ago by then-Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, has been used to describe phenomena including surging youth support for Britain's Labour Party and the election of 30-something leaders in France and New Zealand. Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that reflects the annual mood.


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