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McConnell defends tax measure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fresh off his biggest legislative victory of the Trump era, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday disputed projections that the Senate’s tax bill would add to the nation’s debt woes. Back home in Kentucky just hours after the Senate narrowly pushed ...

FBI removed agent from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of anti-Trump text messages, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday. The removal of the ...

Investigator says some officials resisted Charlottesville review

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An independent report that found serious police and government failures in responding to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this summer also accuses police agencies of putting up roadblocks to the investigation. The report released Friday by ...

Officer who shot, killed unarmed man set to learn sentence Monday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina police officer will soon learn how long he’ll spend in prison for the shooting death — captured on video by a witness — of an unarmed motorist. A sentencing hearing is scheduled to begin in Charleston on Monday for Michael Slager, the ...

Protesters challenge Trump on monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters fired up by President Donald Trump’s expected announcement to shrink two national monuments in Utah rallied in Salt Lake City on Saturday, just two days ahead of his planned visit. Crowds converged on the steps of the Utah State Capitol to ...

Man charged with hiding death of missing girl

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of a young girl and said they are determined to find the child’s body. Earl Kimrey of Jacksonville was arrested late Friday and was being held at the Onslow County Detention ...

Opossum breaks into liquor store, gets drunk as a skunk

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An opossum that apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officials say the opossum was brought in by a Fort Walton Beach, Florida, police ...

Police: Man’s body found in roll-off container at Ohio landfill

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine how a man’s body found inside a roll-off container at a northeast Ohio construction landfill got there. The body was discovered Friday morning at the Trumbull County landfill as a driver prepared to unload debris hauled from a ...

Suspect in Ohio slaying arrested after series of carjackings

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Police say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Cleveland has been arrested in a suburb after a series of assaults and carjackings. Police say a 27-year-old man who is a suspect in the slaying and carjackings is in custody. Cleveland police say the crime spree began around ...

Trump, GOP feel boost as tax bill passes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts. “Just what the country ...

The U.S.-Saudi starvation blockade

Our aim is to “starve the whole population — men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound — into submission,” said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced as inhumane this ...

‘Coco’ bests ‘Justice League’ at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Pixar’s “Coco” sang its way to the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.’ “Justice League.” “Coco” rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences ...

‘Glee’ actress accused of domestic battery

CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (AP) — An actress on the former hit show “Glee” has been charged with domestic battery in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sunday that 30-year-old Naya Rivera was arrested overnight for domestic battery on her husband in Chesapeake. A ...

Son slow to repay parents

DEAR ABBY: My 25-year-old son, “Jay,” would like to come home for Christmas. I’m paying, so I made his reservation yesterday. Late last night, he told my husband he needs to go back two days early because of work. This change will cost around $150 more than the $215 I’m already paying. ...

Conyers steps aside from Judiciary post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in ...

‘Ashamed’ Franken to return to work

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he feels “embarrassed and ashamed” amid allegations that he groped several women, but said he looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters’ trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of Minnesota media outlets ...

Danish mom still stung by 1997 arrest for leaving baby in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A Danish mother whose 1997 arrest for leaving her baby outside a New York eatery sparked an international debate about parenting styles says she still feels she was unjustly vilified. “(My) case that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today,” Anette Sorensen told ...

Police say N.Y. mall evacuated after gun discharges into floor

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A crowded mall in New York’s Hudson Valley was evacuated Sunday after a gun discharged into the floor, causing minor injuries to two bystanders, police said. The gun went off shortly after 3 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, about 70 miles north of ...

Court fight could be brewing over top position in consumer agency

A court fight may be brewing over President Donald Trump’s move to make a close aide interim leader of a consumer protection agency assailed by Republicans and championed by Democrats, displacing the official elevated by the departing director, an Obama-era appointee. Both the Trump ...

Trump chooses agenda over GOP repulsion of Moore

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama’s next senator “would be a disaster,” making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged ...