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At Capitol, Franken Apologizes And Sees Long Fight For Trust

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Al Franken is apologizing to voters, aides and “everyone who has counted on me to be a champion for women.” The Minnesota Democrat is fighting to bolster his support and made the comments in his first Capitol public appearance since being drawn into a wave of sexual harassment accusations buffeting Congress. Lawmakers are starting to return…

Trump Hits Warren With ‘Pocahontas’ Jab At Event For Navajos

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has used an event honoring Native American veterans to take a shot at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whom he has long derided as “Pocahontas.” Trump welcomed Navajo code talkers from World War II to the Oval Office on Monday. During remarks praising their service, Trump said: “We have a representative in Congress who they…

Meredith Buying Time Inc. For About $1.8 Billion

NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Meredith and Time are climbing Monday morning after news that Meredith, a magazine and broadcasting company, will buy the New York publisher. Meredith Corp. announced Sunday night that it is buying Time Inc. for about $1.8 billion. Iowa-based Meredith owns TV stations that reach 12 million U.S. households. Its women- and lifestyle-focused magazines and…

USA Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls says he is “horribly sorry” and that he prays “for forgiveness every day.” Dr. Larry Nassar entered his plea Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom. Some of his accusers attended the packed hearing. Some were crying. Nassar was charged…

$300M For Great Lakes Cleanup Moves Forward In Congress

DETROIT (AP) – A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee this week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region’s most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff,…

Mount Rushmore Float To Appear Again In Turkey Day Parade

2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo: South Dakota Department of Tourism.PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – This year’s “Mount Rushmore’s American Pride” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature legendary rhythm and blues singer Smokey Robinson. This will be the eighth year the South Dakota Department of Tourism float will appear in the New York City parade. The float features…

Customs And Border Protection Caught Off-Guard By Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general says the entity responsible for implementing President Donald Trump’s travel ban was caught-off guard by his executive order. The inspector general’s office says in letters sent Monday to members of the Senate that Customs and Border Protection had “virtually no warning” the order was coming. It also says department leaders…

House Passes Sweeping GOP Tax Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people. It puts GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures. The House voted 227-205 along party lines to approve the bill, which would bring the biggest revamp of the U.S….

Defense Bill Authorizes Billions More Than Trump Had Sought

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military. That’s far more than President Donald Trump requested and greatly exceeds mandatory spending caps. The legislation has passed by voice vote and now goes to Trump for his signature. The House already approved the measure. Lawmakers say the billions…

GOP, Democratic Senators Back Bill To Bolster FBI Gun Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on legislation to ensure federal agencies and state governments accurately report relevant criminal history to the FBI’s database of prohibited gun buyers. Congress has taken no steps on guns in the weeks after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The bill has the backing over several GOP and…

Iowa Governor: Senate GOP Should Release Info On Harassment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Senate GOP officials should release information to the public about an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment in the caucus if there’s more to share. Reynolds told reporters Tuesday the office, which is run in part by Senate Majority Bill Dix, should disclose any information not discussed during a recent…

Trump Seeks Billions Of Dollars To Counter NKorean Missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is seeking nearly $6 billion in emergency spending to pay for urgent missile defense improvements to counter the nuclear threat from North Korea, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and Navy ship repairs. The request delivered to Congress on Monday says $4 billion of the total “supports additional efforts to detect, defeat and defend…

House Speaker Ryan Says Congress Must Combat Sexual Harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is encouraging members of Congress to complete sexual harassment training and require such training for their staffs. Ryan calls reports of sexual harassment by public figures “deeply disturbing” and said Congress “can and should lead by example” to combat harassment. The Wisconsin Republican says lawmakers have approached him in recent days to express…

Dakota Access Builder And Corps Object To Tribal Proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The builder of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the federal agency that permitted the project are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to bolster protections for their water supply. Lawyers for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers argue separately in court documents that the proposals by the Standing Rock…