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Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew...


Days of toil bring hard-won gains over huge California fire

Days of toil bring hard-won gains over huge California fire

Firefighters finally eked out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in California history. As the fire straddling Santa Barbara and Ventura counties entered its 10th day, crews had carved containment lines around one-quarter of it. But the wildfire still raged Tuesday, threatening thousands of homes and stranding tens of thousands of evacuees. The so-called...
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken's Senate seat, reports say

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken's Senate seat, reports say

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will be appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat of fellow Democrat Al Franken, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio are reporting. Gov. Mark Dayton will announce Smith's appointment at a news conference Wednesday morning, the outlets reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the decision. Both outlets reported that Smith, 59, also will vie for the...
Alabama elections chief: 'Unlikely' Senate outcome changes

Alabama elections chief: 'Unlikely' Senate outcome changes

Alabama's election chief says it is doubtful the outcome of the state's U.S. Senate race will change, even as Republican Roy Moore looks to a possible recount. "It would be very unlikely for that to occur," Secretary of State John Merrill said late Tuesday from his office at the Alabama Capitol. Moore refused to concede the Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones, who pulled off a stunning upset...
Minnesota governor set to name Franken's Senate replacement

Minnesota governor set to name Franken's Senate replacement

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was set to reveal his choice Wednesday to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as his longtime adviser Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. Dayton has declined to answer questions about the appointment since Franken announced his impending resignation last week following allegations of sexual misconduct. In making the appointment, Dayton was weighing a short-term...
Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

In less than 24 hours, authorities say a would-be suicide bomber's botched attack on a Manhattan transportation hub underneath Times Square became an open-and-shut case after a search of his apartment and hearing the suspect's own words. Akayed Ullah, who's expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday, made it clear from a hospital bed where he was being treated for burns from a pipe bomb...
Strong reactions to upcoming white nationalist college stop

Strong reactions to upcoming white nationalist college stop

The decision to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at the University of Cincinnati is generating strong reactions from the school community. The university announced in October that it would allow Spencer to speak. At the time, UC's board of trustees condemned hate, but cited the fundamental right to free speech at a public university. Messages to first-year president Neville Pinto and...
5 things to know about Doug Jones, winner of the Alabama Senate race 

5 things to know about Doug Jones, winner of the Alabama Senate race 

After sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in the weeks leading up to the Dec. 12, 2017, special election in Alabama, critics began lining up behind Democrat Doug Jones in the closely watched race. In a dramatic turn of events, Jones pulled off a nailbiter of a win against Moore. Here's what we know about Jones, a 63-year-old former federal prosecutor...
Alaska lawmaker refuses to resign amid misconduct claims

Alaska lawmaker refuses to resign amid misconduct claims

An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of the state Democratic Party. State Rep. Dean Westlake, who is recovering from heart surgery, said he sought the counsel of friends, family, native leaders, elders, and God when making his decision to remain...
Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones

Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones

Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new U.S. senator. Here are some facts about Jones: CLOSE TO HOME Jones, 63, grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, just west of Birmingham, an area where steel mills once belched smoke that left a rust-colored haze hanging over the...
Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump and narrow the GOP's majority in the Senate to two seats. The state's former U.S. attorney beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose campaign was upended by allegations of sexual misconduct...
FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday. One of the officials said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was "...
US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year. After waiving fees 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday that it will have four no-cost days next year. They will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day...
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

All comic book heroes need a sequel — even U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat was the focus last year of a 22-page comic titled "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren," which told the story of Warren's rise from Oklahoma schoolgirl to U.S. senator and champion of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Now publisher TidalWave Comics is bringing out a sequel, "Female...
Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker's conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin didn't explain in his brief order why that and other new restrictions on the...
CNN's Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN's Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN's Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump's bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, "she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray again." Sanders...
The Latest: Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

The Latest: Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters "it's not over." "It's going to take some time," the candidate says during a brief appearance before supporters. Campaign chairman Bill Armistead says that because the vote is close and approaching...
LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in '75

LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in '75

Los Angeles detectives said Tuesday they are investigating a woman's claim that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested her in 1975, when she was 10 years old. But the allegations are so old that criminal charges couldn't be brought, even if proven. Although the statute of limitations has long expired, law enforcement officials may be able to use any evidence they collect to help prosecute...
Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Tillerson said his boss, President Donald Trump, endorses this position. Tillerson's remarks came two weeks...
Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

Al Franken is the Senate's dead man walking, still doing his day job despite his soon-to-be-gone status. The two-term Minnesota lawmaker told a somber Senate last Thursday he would resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and in the face of vanishing support from fellow Democrats. Franken was back at work this week, casting votes in the Senate, participating in a committee hearing and...
Death certificate says Charles Manson died of heart failure

Death certificate says Charles Manson died of heart failure

Cult leader Charles Manson died of cardiac arrest accompanied by respiratory failure, triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body, according to his death certificate. He died Nov. 19 at Bakersfield's Mercy Hospital, near where the 83-year-old had been serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people. The Kern...
Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80. Brown died of natural causes Sunday in Santa Barbara, said Alex Mecl, general manager of Bruce Brown Films. Along with the music of the Beach Boys, Brown took surfing from a quirky hobby to a fundamental part...
Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis urged a federal judge not to grant the state's request to block the policy change to President Barack Obama's health care law, saying it was...
Watchdog to probe EPA chief's purchase of soundproof booth

Watchdog to probe EPA chief's purchase of soundproof booth

A government watchdog will examine whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency misused taxpayer money by purchasing a soundproof booth for making private phone calls from his office. The EPA's Office of the Inspector General confirmed the latest investigation Tuesday, following a request by congressional Democrats. It will be at least the third probe launched into EPA Administrator Scott...
Having more older brothers increases men’s odds of being gay, study confirms

Having more older brothers increases men’s odds of being gay, study confirms

Gay men have, on average, a greater number of older brothers compared with their heterosexual counterparts. The pattern, referred to as the fraternal birth order effect, isn’t new to scientists, but researchers from Canada’s Brock University, the University of Toronto and from Harvard Medical School now believe they have a biological explanation. According to the study, published...
As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he'd morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with a longtime friend and fellow grandfather. At the same time, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser...
'Son of Sam' killer hospitalized for reported heart ailment

'Son of Sam' killer hospitalized for reported heart ailment

The "Son of Sam" serial killer who terrorized New York City 40 years ago is in the hospital. New York state prison officials say Tuesday that 64-year-old David Berkowitz was transferred to a hospital from the upstate maximum-security prison where he is serving a life sentence. Officials would not comment on why he was in the hospital, but the New York Post and the Times-Union of Albany reported...
Trump to release national security strategy next week

Trump to release national security strategy next week

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his first National Security Strategy next Monday. National security adviser H.R. McMaster said the strategy will incorporate four core national interests: the protection of American people; advancing American prosperity; "preserving peace through strength"; and advancing American influence. Speaking with his British counterpart Tuesday at an event...
Senate OKs Trump judicial pick who was rated 'not qualified'

Senate OKs Trump judicial pick who was rated 'not qualified'

The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Republican-led Senate backed Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Grasz served for more than 11 years as Nebraska's chief deputy attorney general and was general...
PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

The U.S. Senate needs to clean up its own house when it comes to sexual harassment charges, regardless of whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins his Dec. 12 election, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has argued. Accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore have dominated his campaign. Sexual misconduct claims were also made against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who announced his resignation on Dec....
Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma

Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma

Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first. The singer was on hand as the 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus Francesca made her first Oklahoma public appearance since moving from the San Diego Zoo. In 1953, the then 10-year-old Peevey sang the novelty hit...
Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat. But there's a catch. The $700 billion budget won't become reality until lawmakers agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on federal spending...
Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

A botched suicide mission on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during a stop in Baltimore with the new Homeland Security chief. Speaking at a news conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, Sessions said two terrorist incidents...
Who is Keaton Jones, the bullied boy inspiring thousands around the world?

Who is Keaton Jones, the bullied boy inspiring thousands around the world?

A video posted by Tennessee mom Kimberly Jones Friday of her bullied son’s heartbreaking experience has been making the rounds on social media and inspiring thousands, including big-name celebrities such as actors Millie Bobby Brown and Chris Evans, rapper Snoop Dogg and more. In the video, Jones’ 11-year-old son, Keaton, tearfully tells viewers that students made fun of the way he looks...
New York commuters return to bombing site, shrug off attack

New York commuters return to bombing site, shrug off attack

New York subway riders shrugged off the city's latest attack Tuesday, a day after police say a would-be suicide attacker set off a pipe bomb. The underground passageway at the Times Square station where the homemade device went off Monday was crowded with commuters a day later. The only sign of Monday's explosion was in increased police presence, including a badge-wearing German shepherd named Omar...
Muslim radio producer says  Uber driver canceled ride because ‘Jerusalem belongs to the Jews’

Muslim radio producer says Uber driver canceled ride because ‘Jerusalem belongs to the Jews’

Meha Ahmad, a 31-year-old radio producer in Chicago, Illinois, said she and her family were refused an Uber ride Sunday on the basis of her religion. The WBEZ Chicago shared detailed accounts of the incident on Twitter, including updates from the rideshare company, which suspended the driver’s account during an internal investigation. According to Ahmad, she and her family — including...
The Latest: GOP agrees to lower top tax rate for individuals

The Latest: GOP agrees to lower top tax rate for individuals

The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 5 p.m. Congressional aides say Republican negotiators have agreed to lower the top tax rate for individuals from 39.6 percent to 37 percent as the final parameters of a sweeping tax package are starting to take shape. The agreement was confirmed by two congressional aides who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday...
Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace

Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. The annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed slightly less warming in many measurements than a record hot 2016. But scientists remain concerned because...
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery shopping. He leaves behind a rapidly transforming city where the median home value is more than $1.2 million and grumpy residents...
Roy Moore would be a ‘threat’ to teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says

Roy Moore would be a ‘threat’ to teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says

Controversial Alabama judge and U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore would pose a threat to the teenagers who work as pages in the Senate if he is elected, a congresswoman said.  The unusual warning about a potential incoming senator was revealed Monday in a letter sent Friday by Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., to the administrative body that runs the Senate, the office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper...
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

A mountain of evidence points to a fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those included the cyber-theft of private data, placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public...
Steve Bannon rescued Roy Moore’s campaign against all odds

Steve Bannon rescued Roy Moore’s campaign against all odds

 On the night of Nov. 14, Roy Moore's campaign for an Alabama Senate seat looked all but finished.  After five women came forward with accounts of Moore's alleged sexual misconduct with them as teenagers, including one who was 14 years old, the GOP candidate was abandoned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many Republicans in Congress, and the Republican National Committee cut...
Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

For months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the Republican tax plan wouldn't add a penny to the national debt, pledging that more than 100 people in his agency were "working around the clock" to calculate how much additional growth would come from the plan. On Monday, the Treasury Department released the fruit of those efforts: a one-page document asserting that the $1.5...
The Latest: Pelosi calls Trump tweet 'disgusting'

The Latest: Pelosi calls Trump tweet 'disgusting'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local): 3:50 p.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's tweet disparaging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) is "disgusting and disgraceful, and of course obviously not true." Trump tweeted Tuesday that Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, would come to his office...
Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

An official with a company that former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn advised on a proposal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East denied that Flynn communicated with the firm's managing director about the project on Inauguration Day.  Thomas B. Cochran, senior scientist at ACU Strategic Partners, described the charges by a congressional witness as "patently false and...
While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

Conservative women, shaped by a mixture of party loyalty and a rejection of gender-driven politics, have shown little evidence that they will follow the example of their Democratic sisters and publicly cut ties with men in their political camps who have been accused of sexual misconduct.  After female Senate Democrats prompted the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., last week, saying they...
Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Trump says Democrats...
The Latest: Prosecutor: Bomb suspect wanted maximum damage

The Latest: Prosecutor: Bomb suspect wanted maximum damage

The Latest on the blast in the New York City subway system (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A federal prosecutor says the man accused of setting off a bomb in the New York City subway system chose a time and place designed to cause maximum destruction — though it ultimately only caused minor injuries to three others. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim says the defendant, Akayed Ullah, will have a...
A campaign memoir that shows Trump, at least partly, as he is

A campaign memoir that shows Trump, at least partly, as he is

President Donald Trump likes gold fixtures, marble tiles and the trappings of grandeur. When he talks about himself in interviews and in his books, he talks in superlatives. He has billed himself as masterful negotiator. He has described himself as having the world’s best memory. He almost never apologizes, and he rarely admits to having flaws.  Over the years, his advisers and aides have...
Texas Congressman runs what aides call a hostile workplace

Texas Congressman runs what aides call a hostile workplace

When Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Rep. Blake Farenthold, sued him claiming sexual harassment, among her complaints was that he “disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him for ‘a threesome.'”  Farenthold, in legal documents, said that Greene had it wrong. The woman was not a lobbyist, he said.  As allegations of sexual misconduct rock Capitol...
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the city's first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly Tuesday morning after a heart attack, officials said in a statement. He was 65. >> Read more trending news 
Comment about Jews by Roy Moore's wife sparks new ridicule

Comment about Jews by Roy Moore's wife sparks new ridicule

The wife of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore drew ridicule online after she declared that "one of our attorneys is a Jew," and said some of their close friends are "Jewish and rabbis" while defending him against accusations that he doesn't care for blacks or Jews. Speaking at a campaign rally Monday night in Midland City, Alabama, Kayla Moore pointed out that her husband...
WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel holds infant son during tearful monologue about children's health care

WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel holds infant son during tearful monologue about children's health care

On Monday, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue while holding his 7-month-old son, Billy, after taking a week off as the baby boy recovered from heart surgery. A tearful Kimmel asked lawmakers to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired two months ago. "This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids," Kimmel said. "It&rsquo...
NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

A ship captain's unwillingness to listen to his crew's suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane. A weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather. An old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements. All these factors contributed to the sinking of the El Faro in the fury of Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015, which killed all...
Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks. The new policy divulged Monday reflects the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand earlier this year to bar transgender individuals from the military. Three federal courts have ruled...
5 things to watch in Alabama's high stakes Senate race

5 things to watch in Alabama's high stakes Senate race

As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state. But the stakes for both parties extend beyond Alabama. Here is what to...
Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — and who have only known America as their home. The fate of these "Dreamers," as they are commonly known, is one of...
Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted. In a flurry of last-minute changes that could profoundly affect the pocketbooks of millions of Americans, House and Senate negotiators agreed to...
Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday, while the fifth-largest wildfire in California history burning northwest of the city kept expanding and kept thousands out of their homes. They are among a half-dozen fires that flared in Southern California last week and were driven by...
Subway blast arrest leads to discussion of immigration rules

Subway blast arrest leads to discussion of immigration rules

The arrest of a Bangladeshi immigrant accused of making a homemade pipe bomb and setting it off in the New York subway system has led to discussion of the nation's immigration system, with President Donald Trump repeating his refrain that it needs to be overhauled in favor of more restrictions. What you should know: ___ THE BOMBING SUSPECT Authorities have identified the bombing suspect as 27-year-old...
Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility asked the U.S. government to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he'll be killed. Emilio Gutierrez Soto fled to the United States a decade ago after articles he wrote alleging corruption in the Mexican military caused his name to end up on a hit list. Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous...
Authorities say bomber mocked Trump before subway attack

Authorities say bomber mocked Trump before subway attack

The Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a botched suicide bombing in the New York subway mocked President Donald Trump on Facebook on his way to carry out the attack, writing "Trump you failed to protect your nation," authorities said Tuesday as they brought federal charges against him. Akayed Ullah, 27, was accused of detonating a pipe bomb strapped to his body in an underground passageway...
US-based climate scientists to take research to France

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

It is a dream come true for U.S.-based climate scientists — the offer of all-expenses-paid life in France to advance their research in Europe instead of in the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump, two of the winners say. American scientist Camille Parmesan and British scientist Benjamin Sanderson are among the 18 initial winners, including 13 based in the U.S., of French...
'Alternative facts' remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes

'Alternative facts' remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes

The use of the term "alternative facts" by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2017. The statement Conway made when asked why Trump's then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the size of inauguration crowds is one of many Trump-related quotations on the list, assembled by Fred Shapiro, an associate...
Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism." Yes, it's been a big year or two or 100 for the word. In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com and spiked several times after key events, lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, the company's editor at large, told The Associated Press ahead of Tuesday's annual...
New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco company Philip Morris International...
Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility asked the U.S. government on Monday to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he'll be killed. Emilio Gutierrez Soto fled to the United States a decade ago after articles he wrote alleging corruption in the Mexican military caused his name to end up on a hit list. Mexico is one of the world's...
Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents was rebuked Monday for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who've recently resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Kirk Humphreys made the comments during a local TV public affairs show that aired over the weekend on KFOR-TV. An alumni group has called for his resignation, and the student...
Republicans jump in as elections to replace Rep. Franks set

Republicans jump in as elections to replace Rep. Franks set

The Arizona governor on Monday set the dates for special elections to fill the vacancy created when U.S. Rep. Trent Franks resigned over sexual misconduct allegations, setting off a Republican scramble to win a rare open congressional seat. Two Republicans immediately announced they would run in the Feb. 27 primary: Bob Stump, a former utility regulator and state Sen. Steve Montenegro. Both are painting...
Coffee shop wants to be Denver's first legal marijuana club

Coffee shop wants to be Denver's first legal marijuana club

Colorado's largest city is reviewing the first application from a business seeking to be among the nation's first legal marijuana clubs, a step that comes more than a year after voters approved a bring-your-own pot measure. Dan Rowland, a spokesman for the Denver department that regulates marijuana businesses, said the city received the application from the Coffee Joint on Friday. Co-owners Rita Tsalyuk...
The Latest: Lawmaker accused of sexual assault told: Resign

The Latest: Lawmaker accused of sexual assault told: Resign

The Latest on sexual assault allegations against Kentucky GOP state Rep. Dan Johnson (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Republican leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives says a GOP lawmaker should resign after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2013. A news release from the four GOP House leaders on Monday called a report released earlier in the day by the Kentucky Center...
Fate of young immigrants divides Dems on last-minute budget

Fate of young immigrants divides Dems on last-minute budget

For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — and who have only known America as their home. The fate of these "Dreamers," as they are commonly known, is one of...
5 things to know about NASA’s big Kepler reveal on Thursday

5 things to know about NASA’s big Kepler reveal on Thursday

Researchers at NASA plan to reveal the latest discovery made by its “planet-hunting” Kepler space telescope Thursday, the agency announced in a press release. The Kepler mission, NASA Discovery’s tenth mission, first launched in March 2009 with a goal to survey the Milky Way and hunt for Earth-size and smaller planets near the galaxy or “habitable” regions of...
Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery." The move, Trump said, "marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time...
The Latest: Sanders says Trump already addressed allegations

The Latest: Sanders says Trump already addressed allegations

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The White House is pushing back on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump, saying he has already denied them. Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." They're calling for a congressional...
Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial assistance through HealthCare.gov got a message saying they would likely be eligible to buy a health plan...
Who was Max Born? Google honors Nobel Prize-winning physicist who escaped the Nazis

Who was Max Born? Google honors Nobel Prize-winning physicist who escaped the Nazis

In honor of what would have been German physicist Max Born’s 135th birthday, the Google Doodle team put together a colorful illustration for the search engine’s homepage. Born is remembered for his major contributions to quantum mechanics, a field of study that has led to the invention of computers, lasers, medical imaging devices (MRI) and more. According to Biography...
Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

President Donald Trump's decision to drastically reduce and break up a national monument in Utah wasn't the only blow Native American tribes say they were dealt last week. The president's proclamation on Bears Ears National Monument also contained a little-known plan that changes the makeup of a tribal advisory commission for the remote monument filled with canyons, plateaus, rivers and rust-colored...
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