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Franken Accuser Says Voters Will Decide His Fate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Los Angeles radio anchor who accused Sen. Al Franken of forcibly kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour says it's up to voters to decide whether he should stay in office. Leeann Tweeden tells…

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.…

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…

AAA Expects 50 Million Americans To Travel Over Thanksgiving

If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than last year. AAA predicts that 50.9 million Americans will travel over the holiday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2016. The auto club credits a growing economy and low unemployment…

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…

Houston's Harvey Fund Gives Out $28.9 Million In Grants

HOUSTON (AP) - The Harvey relief fund promoted by top elected officials in Houston says it's given out $28.9 million in grants to a range of groups helping victims of the August storm. The Greater Houston Community Foundation announced Wednesday…

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…

GOP Tax Bill Would Have Impact On Pro, College Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) - The GOP tax reform bill released last week would eliminate federal subsidies for new stadiums. It's one of several aspects of the bill that would touch the world of sports. The bill would end the tax exemption…

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…

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…

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…

White House: NKorea Could Be Listed As Terrorism Sponsor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's national security adviser says North Korea could be added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The adviser, H.R. McMaster, says the administration is considering such a designation as part of Trump's overall…

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…

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…

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…

Motorist Hits People On Bike Path Near World Trade Center

NEW YORK (AP) - Police and witnesses say a motorist drove onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial and struck several people, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and firing something that appeared to be a…

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…

DC Court Bars Trump From Reversing Transgender Troops Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal court in Washington is barring President Donald Trump from changing the government's policy on military service by transgender people. Trump announced in an August memo that he intended to reverse course on a 2016 policy…

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…

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…

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