December 14th, 2017

World News

AP sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

By Andrew Taylor, Stephen OhlemacHer And Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

WASHINGTON – House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year. Top GOP aides said lawmakers had reached an agreement in principle on ... Read More »

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Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

By Sadie Gurman And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday and said he had seen no cause to fire him or received encouragement to do so. Rosenstein appeared before the House Judiciary Committee ... Read More »

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Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

By Brady McCombs, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – A former polygamous sect leader has been sentenced to nearly five years for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said Wednesday during a hearing in Salt Lake City that Lyle Jeffs deserved the ... Read More »

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Palestinian leader rejects US role in peace process

By Zeynep Bilginsoy And Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

ISTANBUL – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an international summit Wednesday that the United States was unfit to mediate the Mideast conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill. He announced the shift, which came in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, at a summit of ... Read More »

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

By Kyle Potter, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election. Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last ... Read More »

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Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

By Susan Haigh, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental ... Read More »

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Democrats: Minnesota governor picks Smith to replace Franken

By Kyle Potter, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s governor has chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat until the November election, and she will run in that election to complete the final two years of Franken’s term, a Democratic operative told The Associated Press Wednesday. The operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the ... Read More »

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Here we go again: ABBA exhibition takes visitors back to 70s

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

LONDON – ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus says a new London exhibition about the Swedish pop group took him right back to the 1970s – and he realized some things haven’t changed. Abba: Super Troupers includes reconstructions of the hotel room in England band members stayed in after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, a 70s’ recording ... Read More »

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Crews gain on huge California fire but wind threat remains

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

LOS ANGELES – After announcing increased containment on one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials warned that communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again. Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended, with a ... Read More »

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Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – Lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, has died at age 62. The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced. DiNizio posted several days ago that he was hopeful of getting back on tour as he continued ... Read More »

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Sources: Minnesota governor picks Smith to replace Franken

By Kyle Potter, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s governor has chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat until the November election, and she will run in that election to complete the final two years of Franken’s term, a Democratic operative told The Associated Press Wednesday. The operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the ... Read More »

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