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GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Dec. 13, 2017 9:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans — Donald Trump among them — and deliver the first major legislative...

Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Dec. 13, 2017 10:46 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said...

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

Dec. 14, 2017 12:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 infighting and a suddenly shrinking Senate majority...

Republicans criticize Mueller's probe, but want him to stay

Dec. 13, 2017 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation. The criticism directed toward Deputy Attorney General...

AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

Dec. 14, 2017 12:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not...

The Latest: Trump Jr. finishes 9-hour interview in Senate

Dec. 14, 2017 1:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Donald Trump Jr. has finished a nine-hour interview with the Senate intelligence committee, concluding his third interview on Capitol Hill as part of probes into Russian...

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

Dec. 14, 2017 1:21 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's...

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

Dec. 14, 2017 1:18 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear deal with six world powers. The U.N. chief says in a report to the Security Council that the United Nations is investigating...

South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

Dec. 14, 2017 1:00 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in was due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Thursday on a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system. The two leaders were to preside over a document signing ceremony following their...

Judges to examine if drug stash-house stings racially biased

Dec. 14, 2017 1:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings beginning Thursday in Chicago and could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use nationwide. A...

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The Latest: Trump Jr. finishes 9-hour interview in Senate

Dec. 14, 2017 1:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Donald Trump Jr. has finished a nine-hour interview with the Senate intelligence committee, concluding his third interview on Capitol Hill as part of probes into Russian...

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

Dec. 14, 2017 1:26 AM EST

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — As South Korea prepares for the Winter Games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic...

The Latest: Some in GOP cheered by Moore loss in Alabama

Dec. 14, 2017 1:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama Senate election (all times local): 9 p.m. Some establishment-minded Republicans are cheering Roy Moore's loss in Alabama's Senate race. The prospect of a high-profile Republican senator dogged by sexual misconduct accusations had unnerved a GOP that's fearful of...

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

Dec. 14, 2017 1:21 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's...

Asian shares slip as Fed, China hikes dampen sentiment

Dec. 14, 2017 1:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Thursday after the Fed raised rates again as expected, followed by similar moves in China and Hong Kong that dampened investor sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dipped 0.3 percent to 22,694.45 while South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.5...

UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

Dec. 14, 2017 1:18 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear deal with six world powers. The U.N. chief says in a report to the Security Council that the United Nations is investigating...

Fertility doctor faces judge for lying about using own sperm

Dec. 14, 2017 1:12 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is set to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators. Dr. Donald Cline is scheduled to appear in a Marion County court Thursday, when a judge is expected to sentence him on two counts...

Israel stages airstrikes in Gaza Strip, response to rockets

Dec. 14, 2017 1:11 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to new rocket attacks. The military said Thursday that the overnight strikes hit facilities used as training and weapons storage facilities. Gaza militants have fired...

C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

Dec. 14, 2017 1:10 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs. Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G (dee-OH'-jee). He's more than a mascot - officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around...

Judges to examine if drug stash-house stings racially biased

Dec. 14, 2017 1:07 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings beginning Thursday in Chicago and could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use nationwide. A...