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Deduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most states

ATLANTA (AP) — A popular deduction targeted in the GOP’s overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their federal tax bills rise. The exact effect in every state ...

Ohio justice deletes Facebook post, tells people to ‘lighten up’

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate said on Facebook that people should “lighten up” after deleting a previous post outlining his sexual history with women that drew widespread criticism for trivializing sexual harassment and sexual ...

Trump delays new policy on elephant trophies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he’s delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that ...

Boston free speech gathering draws supporters, protesters

BOSTON (AP) — A few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer’s event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters. The “Rally for the Republic” event was held by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech despite ...

‘Faithful’ Detroit priest beatified by Catholic church

DETROIT (AP) — A priest who wasn’t allowed to preach instead turned his ears and heart to the needy. Now, decades after his death, Solanus Casey is on a path to sainthood, celebrated as an incredibly humble man who brought people to God. Father Solanus, as he was known, was beatified ...

Flake: GOP is ‘toast’ if it backs Trump, Moore

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on an open microphone saying the GOP is “toast” if it follows Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump. Flake was talking to the mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa after speaking at a town hall session for ...

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if U.S. closes mission

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald ...

Moore critic: Senate race a battle for nation’s soul

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the “soul of the nation.” The remarks Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in ...

U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, ...

Bulk of China deal development likely along Ohio River

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher said the bulk of the development from an $83.7 billion investment deal with a Chinese company will take place in the Ohio River basin. In the Governor's Reception Room at the Capitol today, Justice and ...

Town holds first Sunday service since church attack

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of mourners crowded into the tiny town of Sutherland Springs for the first Sunday service since a gunman stormed the First Baptist Church a week earlier, killing more than two dozen people in the worst mass shooting in Texas history. After an ...

West Virginia drops push for exemption from teacher test

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia officials have dropped a push to exempt certain graduates with bachelor’s degrees in education from a basic knowledge test to become a public school teacher. According to The Charleston Gazette-Mail, the West Virginia Board of Education proposed the ...

Homeless man shot, killed

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police say they are investigating the fatal shooting of a homeless man in the encampment on a hill where he lived. According to WSAZ-TV , police say 46-year-old Ronald Lee Boggs was shot in the chest and found dead Friday morning. They say he was with ...

Uber seals multibillion-dollar investment from Softbank

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank has reached a deal with Uber to invest billions in the ride-hailing giant. Uber Technologies Inc. confirmed the investment in a statement Sunday without giving details. But a person briefed on the deal told The Associated Press that ...

Toomey: Moore should step aside in Senate race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Toomey urged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Sunday to drop out of the race, adding to the party’s growing disavowal of the controversial judge in a pivotal election following allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year old girl ...

Putin manipulating Trump with flattery, ex-CIA director suggests

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A day after being criticized by President Donald Trump, a former CIA director questioned whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was manipulating Trump with flattery during the president’s lengthy trip to Asia. Trump’s trip was meant to be centered on trade ...

Missouri lawmaker shares experience as sexual assault victim

SIKESTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker is sharing her story of being sexually abused by her grandfather when she was a girl to help other victims. Republican state Rep. Holly Rehder told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she was 11 years old when her grandfather crawled into her bed ...

Ignorance versus stupidity

One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell says, “It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” Nobel ...

The bloodbath in the Old Dominion

The day after his “Silent Majority” speech on Nov. 3, 1969, calling on Americans to stand with him for peace with honor in Vietnam, Richard Nixon’s GOP captured the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey. By December, Nixon had reached 68 percent approval in the Gallup Poll, though, a ...

Unhappy woman gets eyeful of her son-in-law

DEAR ABBY: After my future son-in-law moved in with our daughter, my husband and I stopped by unannounced to visit. He answered the door in his underwear and never bothered to go put on a pair of shorts. We didn’t say anything and, of course, didn’t stay long. It was close to Christmas, ...