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Trump Optimistic About Tax Cuts By End Of Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is calling the tax bill released Thursday by Congressional Republicans “a great bill,” expressing optimism that it will be passed into law by the end of the year. Trump says his administration is “working to give the American people a giant tax cut for Christmas.” Calling tax cuts “a big, beautiful Christmas present.” Says…

Trump Opioid Panel Wants Drug Courts, Training For Doctors

President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis is calling for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment. The recommendations announced Wednesday stopped short, however, of calling for new dollars to address what Trump has called the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Instead, the panel calls for giving the White…

Official Says 6 Dead Near World Trade Center

NEW YORK (AP) – A law enforcement official says at least six people were killed and nine injured when a rented van drove on a bike path near the World Trade Center in New York City. The official was familiar with the investigation but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The driver of the rented…

FEMA: Disaster Relief Now Costing $200 Million Each Day

WASHINGTON (AP) – The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the U.S. is spending more than $200 million each day on the response to three major hurricanes and huge wildfires. FEMA Administrator Brock Long told a Senate oversight committee Tuesday the challenge presented by hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria is unprecedented in the history of his agency. He…

Manafort, Gates Plead Not Guilty In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty following their arrest on charges related to conspiracy against the United States and other felonies. The charges are the first from the special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. Manafort and Gates appeared before a federal judge…

Manafort, Gates Told To Surrender In Mueller Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, have been told to surrender to authorities. Those are the first charges in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. The Times on Monday cited an anonymous person…

White House Suggests $45B In Opioid Fight

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is suggesting that $45 billion might be a good number for Congress to add to the fight against opioid addiction. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked Friday how much money the president would like to see Congress add to a nearly-bankrupt public health emergency to address the crisis. She’s noting one version of…

State Department Releases List Of Off-Limits Russian Entities

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration has put several large and significant Russian companies on a list of businesses and individuals linked to Russia’s defense and intelligence agencies. Anyone who does business with them could then be hit with new U.S. sanctions. The list the State Department published Friday includes arms trader Rosoboronexport and Almaz-Antey, a state-controlled missile manufacturer. Export…

Trump Outlines Steps To Address Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is outlining “aggressive steps” to address the nation’s addiction to opioids. Trump says it’s the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Speaking in the East Room of the White House, the president says he is directing federal agencies to do everything in their power to combat the crisis. Trump says that includes a “massive…

GOP Lawmakers Propose New Conditions On Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two top Republicans are proposing a bill for restoring federal payments to insurers that includes tough conditions sought by the White House and congressional conservatives. It has no chance of passing the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to kill it. The plan would pay the subsidies for two years. It would also temporarily halt tax penalties…

$91,000 Raised For Hurricane Relief Efforts Through GreatLIFE Challenge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Fundraising for hurricane relief efforts was a success at Symetra Tour GreatLIFE Challenge in Sioux Falls. The GreatLIFE Cares Foundation says $91,000 was raised during the tournament for the Houston relief fund and team Rubicon Responders. What began as a single pledge by Houston-native and Symetra Tour player Shannon Fish, grew into a larger matching initiative….

Trump Promises 401Ks Won’t Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump says there will be “NO change” to tax incentives for 401(k) contributions. Trump says on Twitter Monday: “There will be NO change to your 401(k). This has always been a great and popular middle class tax break that works, and it stays!” The president appeared to be responding to a recent report in…

New York Attorney General Launches Probe Of Weinstein Co.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York state’s top prosecutor has launched a civil rights investigation into The Weinstein Co. following sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the probe Monday. His office says it issued a subpoena seeking all company records The Democratic attorney general says his office wants to know whether any New…

US: Laptops In Checked Bags Pose Fire, Explosion Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when lithium-ion batteries used in laptops, cellphones and other devices overheat in…

Lawsuit Challenges DeVos’ Guidance On Campus Sexual Assault

BOSTON (AP) – A national women’s rights group is challenging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new guidance on investigating campus sexual assault. The organization Equal Means Equal and three women who say they were assaulted in college filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Boston alleging the rules violate civil rights laws. On Sept. 22, DeVos scrapped President Barack Obama-era rules and…