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Carrie Fisher’s dog recognized her in new ‘Star Wars’ film

Carrie Fisher may be dead almost a year, but her dog still remembers the actress, New Musical Express reported. Fisher, who died last Dec. 27 at age 60, starred in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which opened in theaters Thursday. Fisher’s dog, Gary, attended the premiere of the film on Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Gary watched the movie while sitting...
Watch: Coyote attacks dog in suburban Chicago yard

Watch: Coyote attacks dog in suburban Chicago yard

An Illinois couple posted a scary video that showed their dog being attacked by a coyote. It happened very quickly in the Chicago suburb of Northfield, WGN reported. Boozer, a cairn terrier, was outside when a coyote rushed in and circled it. The coyote then attacked, biting the 14-pound dog’s head and dragging it around the back yard. The couple's home surveillance camera captured the...
Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Ryan Lochte’s son and fiancee are clearly the lights of his life, and a new photo of his bouncing baby boy is proving that. Lochte, 33, regularly gushes about his 6-month-old son Caiden Zane and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid on his Instagram page. The highly decorated Olympic swimmer said he’s grateful for a fresh start after landing in hot water for his drunken behavior at the Rio Olympics...

Italy says Amazon will pay $118 million to end tax dispute

Italian tax authorities say Amazon will pay 100 million euros ($118 million) to end a dispute over its tax payments from 2011-2015. The agreement announced Friday comes as many European countries seek to close loopholes in tax payments by major multinationals. Amazon confirmed the agreement in a statement, without disclosing the amount it would pay. The internet retailer headquartered in the U.S....
New alert suggests Trump’s holiday visit to Palm Beach to start Dec. 22

New alert suggests Trump’s holiday visit to Palm Beach to start Dec. 22

All signs point to President Donald Trump returning to Palm Beach for Christmas — but it appears his stay might not begin until Dec. 22. After issuing an alert Thursday to pilots of “VIP Movement” in Palm Beach starting Dec. 20, the Federal Aviation Administration today sent a new alert for Dec. 22 through Jan. 1. No times have been provided yet. Although the White House is mum on...
Panthers' Thomas Davis donates $15K for high school state championship rings

Panthers' Thomas Davis donates $15K for high school state championship rings

Carolina Panthers defensive linebacker Thomas Davis has made a huge donation to help the Harding University High School football team get its players and coaches championship rings. Davis confirmed he donated $15,000 to the team in a tweet to WSOC-TV anchor John Paul. The football team finished its 14-1 season with a 30-22 win over Scotland County in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association...
The Latest: Estimate says tax bill adds $1.46T to deficit

The Latest: Estimate says tax bill adds $1.46T to deficit

The Latest on Republican tax overhaul legislation (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The preliminary deficit estimate for the final version of the GOP tax bill says it would add $1.46 trillion to the budget deficit over the coming 10 years. The true deficit cost is likely to be even higher if lawmakers extend the tax cuts for individuals before they expire at the end of 2025. This "sunset" gimmick...
The Latest: Trump slams investigators at 'disgraceful' FBI

The Latest: Trump slams investigators at 'disgraceful' FBI

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the FBI (all times local): 8:50 p.m. President Donald Trump has unleashed a blistering attack on the FBI's leadership. He is denouncing the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it "really disgraceful." Trump says "you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it." The president's broadside...

Kosovo independence fighters try to amend special court law

Former fighters of Kosovo's independence movement began collecting signatures on Friday for a petition seeking to extend the jurisdiction of a war crimes court to include Serbs, their adversaries in their war for independence. Three associations of Kosovo Liberation Army veterans aim to collect the 10,000 signatures needed to change a 2015 law governing the Kosovo Specialist Chambers court, based...
Trump assails FBI leadership, touts loyalty to police

Trump assails FBI leadership, touts loyalty to police

Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it "really disgraceful" and continuing his questioning of his country's intelligence...
In 1998, ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Disney would buy Fox

In 1998, ‘The Simpsons’ predicted Disney would buy Fox

Doh! Another prediction comes true on the long-running “The Simpsons” animated sitcom. In 1998, the sitcom predicted that The Walt Disney Company would buy 21st Century Fox. In other episodes, the show also has forecasted the presidency of Donald Trump and a Super Bowl halftime show featuring Lady Gaga. NBC News reported.  Here’s a rundown: This prediction came...
Trump chose five families to argue for tax bill; their stories show the reality is complicated

Trump chose five families to argue for tax bill; their stories show the reality is complicated

Bryant and Ashley Glick of New Holland, Pa., got a call Monday asking if the couple would like to come to the White House and meet President Donald Trump. They couldn't say yes fast enough.  By Wednesday, the Glicks were one of five families standing with Trump as the president made his "closing argument" in support of Republicans' plan to overhaul the tax code. Trump heralded the bill...
White House urges Roy Moore to concede, as supporters look for evidence of ‘voter fraud’

White House urges Roy Moore to concede, as supporters look for evidence of ‘voter fraud’

 Two days after losing Alabama's special Senate election, Republican nominee Roy Moore has yet to concede the race to Democrat Doug Jones - even after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that he should.  "I think the president's position is pretty clear in his outreach to Doug Jones directly," Sanders said at Thursday's briefing with reporters. "He likes...
A lawmaker accused of molesting a teen killed himself. His widow calls it a ‘high-tech lynching.’

A lawmaker accused of molesting a teen killed himself. His widow calls it a ‘high-tech lynching.’

Dan Johnson posted a final message on Facebook to his friends and family on Wednesday afternoon. It appeared to be a goodbye.  In it, he denied the accusations that had tormented him and his family for the past 48 hours — that he, a Kentucky state representative and the self-proclaimed "Pope" of his Louisville church — had gotten drunk and molested a 17-year-old girl during...
French death toll rises to 5 children in train-bus crash

French death toll rises to 5 children in train-bus crash

French authorities said one more student died Friday after a regional train sliced open a school bus in southern France, raising the overall death toll to five children. Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux, who is coordinating the investigation with local authorities in the Pyrenees-Orientales region, told a press conference that an 11-year-old child died on Friday afternoon. Four children aged 12...
Complex life of Kentucky legislator ends in suicide

Complex life of Kentucky legislator ends in suicide

The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero. But Republican Dan Johnson's carefully crafted history crumbled this week following an extensively reported story from the Kentucky...
Eighth planet found orbiting distant star

Eighth planet found orbiting distant star

An eighth planet has been discovered orbiting a star 2,545 light-years from Earth, NASA announced Thursday. The star, called Kepler-90, is located in the Draco constellation. It is the first known star to have as many planets orbiting it as our solar system does, NASA said. NASA scientists had known about seven planets orbiting Kepler-90. The eighth planet -- dubbed Kepler-90i -- is a hot, rocky...
Another 8-planet solar system? 7 things about Kepler’s ‘sizzling’ discovery

Another 8-planet solar system? 7 things about Kepler’s ‘sizzling’ discovery

Looks like our solar system isn’t the only one out there with eight planets circling around a single star. >> Read more trending news  NASA scientists, along with Google engineers, used artificial intelligence to discover a new, scorching hot planet in the Kepler-90 solar system, bringing the total number of planets circling the Sun-like star to eight, the agency announced Thursday...
Affidavit: Firefighter driving over 100 mph in DUI crash that killed pregnant teen

Affidavit: Firefighter driving over 100 mph in DUI crash that killed pregnant teen

A witness to an alleged drunken driving crash in which an off-duty Dallas firefighter killed a pregnant 18-year-old girl and her unborn son told investigators the man’s sports car exceeded 100 mph moments before the fatal collision. The firefighter, identified by police as Horace Shaw III, 45, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Alyssa Pimentel, of Midlothian...
Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The 58-story building dominating the local skyline will rise on the site of the iconic J.L. Hudson department store, whose 1983 closing epitomized Detroit's economic downfall. "When we lost...
DNA leads to arrest in 1989 rape, slaying of 18-year-old woman

DNA leads to arrest in 1989 rape, slaying of 18-year-old woman

After 28 years, an arrest has been made in the slaying of a young Whatcom County woman who went for a jog and was never seen alive again. On Nov. 24, 1989, 18-year-old Amanda Stavik, who went by Mandy, had taken the family dog with her while she jogged in the rural area. It was the day after Thanksgiving and Mandy Stavik was home from college. Several hours later, the dog returned home,...
Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules

Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules meant to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who put forth the planned repeal and voted in favor of it Thursday, said it “certainly wasn’t heavy-handed government regulation” that made the...
Stranger surprises Goodwill shoppers with impromptu piano performance

Stranger surprises Goodwill shoppers with impromptu piano performance

A stranger started playing a thrift shop piano on Monday surprising and delighting shoppers. Chris Matta shared a video, which has been viewed more than 920,000 times, of the impromptu performance at the Norwalk Goodwill. “This gifted gentleman just walked into my store and moved me to tears,” she wrote. Matta told WJW that the man, who was not identified, was kind and full...
Grassley: Two controversial federal bench nominees won’t be confirmed

Grassley: Two controversial federal bench nominees won’t be confirmed

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican said Wednesday that two of President Donald Trump's nominees for open seats on the federal bench will not be confirmed, just a day after urging the White House to "reconsider" them.  Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said that based on his discussions with the White House, the nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley would not move forward...
Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing

Omarosa Manigault dismisses reports of dramatic firing

Omarosa Manigault said Thursday that she was not fired and escorted off the White House grounds, blaming "one individual who has a personal vendetta against me" for the dramatic narrative of her departure as one of Trump's top aides.  In her first comments since the White House confirmed that she was leaving, Manigault said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America"...
Families of Sandy Hook victims confront mass shootings head-on in new PSA

Families of Sandy Hook victims confront mass shootings head-on in new PSA

Five years after tragedy struck Newtown, relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting are fighting to prevent what happened there from ever happening again.  Thursday will mark five years since 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton. Nicole Hockley, whose son, 6-year-old Dylan, was killed, spoke to Boston 25 News reporter...
Restaurant employee used Snapchat to track teen customers, police say

Restaurant employee used Snapchat to track teen customers, police say

Police in Alpharetta, Georgia, have arrested a restaurant employee accused of using Snapchat to stalk two teenage girls. Jason Porras, 23, is charged with enticing a minor for indecent purposes. “Someone had been randomly reaching out to her on social media and over time had sent her inappropriate messages,” the father of one of the girls told WSBTV’s Mike Petchenik. The man is not...
The Latest: Omarosa: Trump's senior staff has no blacks left

The Latest: Omarosa: Trump's senior staff has no blacks left

The Latest on Omarosa Manigault Newman and her departure from the White House staff (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman says her departure from the White House means President Donald Trump will have no African-Americans on his senior staff. Manigault Newman tells ABC's "Nightline" for its program airing early Friday that most of...
Kim Kardashian West's KKW Beauty open casting call for women sparks criticism

Kim Kardashian West's KKW Beauty open casting call for women sparks criticism

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West's KKW Beauty line sparked criticism this week with a tweet about an open casting call for women in Los Angeles, Teen Vogue reports. >> Read more trending news "Calling all faces!" the ad reads. "We are excited to announce an open model casting call in the LA area for several upcoming KKW beauty campaigns." The ad continues...
Louisiana delays parole hearing for 71-year-old inmate

Louisiana delays parole hearing for 71-year-old inmate

In 1963, Henry Montgomery killed a sheriff's deputy less than two weeks after his 17th birthday. A half-century later and nearly two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor, he's still waiting for his first chance at freedom. Louisiana's parole board postponed Thursday's scheduled hearing for the 71-year-old inmate, whose case enabled roughly 2,000 other inmates to argue for their release...
Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide

Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide

The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero. But Republican Dan Johnson's carefully crafted history crumbled this week following an extensively reported story from the Kentucky...
Ex-'Apprentice' star Omarosa to tell all about White House

Ex-'Apprentice' star Omarosa to tell all about White House

Former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is putting the White House on notice as she makes her exit: She has "quite a story to tell" about her time in President Donald Trump's administration and "the world will want to hear it." Accustomed to the spotlight, Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on national television Thursday to push back against reports that she was fired from her...
Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. Rubio's potential defection complicates Republican leaders' goal of muscling the $1.5 trillion bill through Congress...
Alabama win has Democrats broadening their target list

Alabama win has Democrats broadening their target list

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory. Democrats were bolstered in particular by the higher turnout...
Alabama Democrats have GOP's Sen. Shelby to thank for win

Alabama Democrats have GOP's Sen. Shelby to thank for win

Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones' shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said. Shelby, Alabama's senior senator and the state's most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that "the state of Alabama deserves better" than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage girls decades...
Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. Iverson, 32, is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the California Department of Forestry...
Who was Dan Johnson? Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault dies in suicide, coroner says

Who was Dan Johnson? Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault dies in suicide, coroner says

A Kentucky state lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a teenager died Wednesday night of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Bullitt County Coroner’s Office said Thursday in an autopsy report.  Here's what we know about Republican state Rep. Dan Johnson, who was elected in 2016: A woman accused Johnson, pastor of the Heart of Fire church in Louisville, of sexually assaulting...
As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's...
Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57. Bullitt County Coroner Dave Billings said Johnson died of a single gunshot wound on Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Billings said Johnson stopped...
Democrats see lesson from Alabama win: Compete everywhere

Democrats see lesson from Alabama win: Compete everywhere

To Democrats, Senate candidate Doug Jones' stunning victory in reliably Republican Alabama is more than a quirky one-off. Instead, party leaders cast the upset as a sign of growing nationwide momentum among voters opposed to President Donald Trump and an indication that Democrats shouldn't shy away from competing in Republican territory. Democrats were bolstered in particular by the higher turnout...
GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory

GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory

Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones' shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said Wednesday. Shelby, Alabama's senior senator and the state's most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that "the state of Alabama deserves better" than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage...

Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations

The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip publications is hiring outside human resources experts to train its managers in "sexual harassment prevention and sensitivity," an internal email shows. This comes one week after The Associated Press revealed that the company's top editor had twice been the subject of sexual misconduct investigations. The decision...

NTSB investigates Delta plane that nearly landed on taxiway

A Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, federal accident investigators said Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said it has opened an investigation into the Nov. 29 incident. Delta flight 2196 had been cleared to land and initially lined up with a runway, but about a mile from the...
Generous diner leaves $2,000 tip on $17 bill

Generous diner leaves $2,000 tip on $17 bill

Delia Meek had worked 22 years at the diner and had never seen the man before Saturday. He sat down for breakfast at the 5 & Diner. When he paid the $17.23 bill, he left a $2,000 tip and a note: “Please split with the whole staff. Merry Christmas!” The nine employees working that day split the tip. The woman who served the man got $400, and the rest of the staff got $200 each, ...
Evacuation lifted for South Dakota towns near wildfire

Evacuation lifted for South Dakota towns near wildfire

Lucia Roda stood in her backyard early Wednesday morning, watching flames shoot up in the dark for each tree a spreading western South Dakota wildfire engulfed on the hills not far from the Spanish mustang preserve she manages. Roda's family got an early morning pre-evacuation notice suggesting they leave their home and the conservancy in Buffalo Gap, South Dakota, but they decided to remain rather...
Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigault Newman ‘physically dragged’ from White House, reports say

Omarosa Manigaul Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, was removed from the White House Tuesday night,“physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” according to several news reports. Manigault-Newman announced her resignation on Wednesday, effective next month.
The Latest: Mali warns IS fighters could come to Africa

The Latest: Mali warns IS fighters could come to Africa

The Latest on a summit in France on a new African military force to counter jihadis in the Sahel (all times local): 5 p.m. Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is warning against the possibility of Islamic State group fighters fleeing to Africa's Sahel region following military defeats in Syria. During a news conference in Paris, Keita says "we realize that, with everything that has happened...
African anti-jihadi force gets $130 million at French meet

African anti-jihadi force gets $130 million at French meet

A new African military force to counter growing extremism in the Sahel region should see victories "in the first half of 2018," France's president said Wednesday after hosting a summit to boost support for the five-nation effort. President Emmanuel Macron announced new pledges for the force known as the G5 Sahel, one from Saudi Arabia of $100 million and another of $30 million from the United...
Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

Southern California firefighters contained part of the fifth-largest fire in the state's history but warned coastal communities Wednesday that they're still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and fan the flames. The National Weather Service extended warnings through Friday of extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of Southern California due to lack of moisture along with a possible...
Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year after the military warned that terrorist threats continue in the region despite the defeat of a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants. A majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives — with 240 voting to approve and 27 opposing...
AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a narrow lane shaded by tall corn to the farmhouse where she lives with the disabled Chinese man who bought her. It's been 11 years since she was lured across the border by the prospect of work and instead trafficked into a life of hardship. In those years, she's lived with the dread that Chinese police will arrest her and send her back to be jailed...
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls Trump tweet 'a sexist smear'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls Trump tweet 'a sexist smear'

Update 3:45 p.m. ET Dec. 12: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that a tweet sent Tuesday morning by President Donald Trump was sexist and claimed it was instead about reforming campaign finance laws. “Only if your mind was in the gutter would you have read it that way,” Huckabee Sanders said. “He’s obviously talking about political...
Democratic women in Congress take aim at Trump over misconduct allegations

Democratic women in Congress take aim at Trump over misconduct allegations

Trading barbs with President Donald Trump via Twitter on Tuesday, women Democrats demanded that Congress investigate past claims of sexual misconduct leveled against the President during the 2016 campaign, as several lawmakers took the extra step of asking for Mr. Trump’s resignation. “President Trump should resign. But, of course, he won’t hold himself accountable...
Austria: 1 dead, 21 hurt in explosion at natural gas plant

Austria: 1 dead, 21 hurt in explosion at natural gas plant

An explosion Tuesday at a major natural gas facility near Austria's border with Slovakia killed one person and left 21 others injured, and caused some gas flow disruptions to other countries, authorities said. One person was seriously injured and 20 others were slightly hurt in the morning blast at the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, police said. No one was in a life-threatening...
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery shopping. He leaves behind a rapidly transforming city where the median home value is more than $1.2 million and grumpy residents...
Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

For months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the Republican tax plan wouldn't add a penny to the national debt, pledging that more than 100 people in his agency were "working around the clock" to calculate how much additional growth would come from the plan. On Monday, the Treasury Department released the fruit of those efforts: a one-page document asserting that the $1.5...
The Latest: Pelosi calls Trump tweet 'disgusting'

The Latest: Pelosi calls Trump tweet 'disgusting'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local): 3:50 p.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's tweet disparaging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) is "disgusting and disgraceful, and of course obviously not true." Trump tweeted Tuesday that Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, would come to his office...
While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

Conservative women, shaped by a mixture of party loyalty and a rejection of gender-driven politics, have shown little evidence that they will follow the example of their Democratic sisters and publicly cut ties with men in their political camps who have been accused of sexual misconduct.  After female Senate Democrats prompted the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., last week, saying they...
Capitol Hill waits to see if Roy Moore wins in Alabama

Capitol Hill waits to see if Roy Moore wins in Alabama

After enduring weeks of speculation on what would happen if controversial Republican Roy Moore wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are waiting like everyone else to see the next act in this political play, as Senate GOP leaders have made clear they won’t give Moore a hero’s welcome if he does emerge victorious on Tuesday night in Alabama. As...
The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump:

The Latest: Jerry Brown to Trump: "Get out of the way"

The Latest on the climate summit taking place in Paris (all times local): 7:10 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown is urging President Donald Trump to start fighting climate change or to "get out of the way" and let the rest of the world work on reducing emissions and investing in clean energy. Speaking with The Associated Press at a global climate summit Tuesday in Paris, Brown said "...
Iceland closes gender gap but violence against women remains

Iceland closes gender gap but violence against women remains

For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world's smallest gender-equality gap. It has a female prime minister and some of the world's strongest laws on workplace equality and equal pay. It also has one of Europe's highest per-capita levels of reported rapes, according to statistics agency Eurostat, although legal definitions differ from country to country...
Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism." Yes, it's been a big year or two or 100 for the word. In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com and spiked several times after key events, lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, the company's editor at large, told The Associated Press ahead of Tuesday's annual...
UN: Tensions over North Korea worsen rights violations

UN: Tensions over North Korea worsen rights violations

North Korea's leadership has cracked down further on human rights as tensions have escalated over its nuclear and missile tests, including beefing up restrictions on movements and making "horrific" prison conditions more severe, the U.N. rights chief said Monday. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told the Security Council that the international security crisis sparked by North Korean leader Kim Jong...
4-year-old Chicago boy reads 100 books in one day

4-year-old Chicago boy reads 100 books in one day

Reading is fundamental for a 4-year-old Chicago boy. It’s a lot of fun, too. Caleb Green staged a reading marathon Saturday, completing 100 books, WLS reported. Every time he finished 10 books, including his favorites about dogs and Ninja Turtles, he did a little dance. Caleb’s parents decided to stream his book binge on Facebook Live and received several thousand views, WLS reported...
Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress. Republicans are determined to deliver the first revamp of the nation's tax code in three decades and prove they can govern after their failure to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law this past summer. Voters who will decide which party holds the majority in next year's midterms elections are...
France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants — a nod to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan — are part of Macron's efforts to counter...
Alabama foes make final push before big Senate vote

Alabama foes make final push before big Senate vote

Facing voters at last after the year's most bitter U.S. campaign, Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. Rival Doug Jones, hoping to become the state's first Democratic senator in two decades, declared their race was Alabama's referendum on "who we are and what we're going to tell our daughters...
'Coco' tops box office again before 'Star Wars' hits

'Coco' tops box office again before 'Star Wars' hits

The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million. The weekend's sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film "Just Getting Started," which launched to a...
New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns. Crews with help from a fleet water-dropping planes and helicopters saved homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze deeper into residential foothill areas northwest...
Trump draws protests while honoring civil rights heroes

Trump draws protests while honoring civil rights heroes

President Donald Trump has honored figures of the civil rights movement, some famous, some not, at a ceremony that exposed stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy. Trump on Saturday toured the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjacent Museum of Mississippi, both in Jackson. Outside, demonstrators protested his presence, some holding signs that said "Make...
Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them. North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17...
Missouri woman wins lottery twice in single day

Missouri woman wins lottery twice in single day

A Missouri woman was visited by lady luck twice in one day. >> Read more trending newsOn Nov. 29. Veronica Buchanan won $1,000 on a $10 scratch-off ticket, KSDK reported. Later in the day, she bought another $10 scratch-off ticket from the same store, and won $100,000.The lucky store was the Bellefontaine BP gas station, KSDK reported.
Trump in Palm Beach: Tweets on immigration, ‘fake news’, football after Miss. trip

Trump in Palm Beach: Tweets on immigration, ‘fake news’, football after Miss. trip

UPDATE 9:20 p.m.: Trump wades into the immigration debate once again with a new tweet and a video. UPDATE 6:40 p.m.:  Trump congratulates Army for the win in the Army-Navy Game.  UPDATE 5 p.m.: Trump tweeted several photos from the Mississippi arena he spoke at today. The president wrote, to “demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS” because a journalist shared images...
The Latest: Macron hails late rocker as 'a part of France'

The Latest: Macron hails late rocker as 'a part of France'

The Latest on French rocker Johnny Hallyday's funeral (all times local): 1:55 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is mourning a "part of France" that has departed with the death of rock star Johnny Hallyday, calling him a prodigal son of the nation during the singer's exceptional funeral ceremony. Tears rolled down cheeks of Hallyday's fans thronging the streets of Paris as Macron told...
Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy. As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the new Museum of Mississippi...
'Firefighting at Christmas' may become normal in California

'Firefighting at Christmas' may become normal in California

A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what's considered the wet season, there's been nary a drop of rain. That's good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season...
American evangelist leads rare event in communist Vietnam

American evangelist leads rare event in communist Vietnam

More than 10,000 Vietnamese filled up a stadium in a rare Christian evangelistic event led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who said he wants the communist government to consider Christians its best citizens. Despite sweeping economic reforms over the past 30 years that made Vietnam one of the fasting growing countries in the region, the ruling Communist Party maintains strict control over all aspects...
President Trump gives boost to Roy Moore at Florida rally

President Trump gives boost to Roy Moore at Florida rally

Just fifteen miles from the Alabama border, President Donald Trump used a campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night to make the case for controversial GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, telling cheering supporters that his administration needs to keep that Senate seat in GOP hands, to insure that Mr. Trump’s agenda can move through the Congress. “We can&rsquo...
The Latest: Trump says his agenda 'cannot afford' Moore loss

The Latest: Trump says his agenda 'cannot afford' Moore loss

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 9:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is urging voters to elect embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore in next week's Alabama Senate race in spite of sexual misconduct allegations. Trump says at a rally in nearby Pensacola, Florida, that he needs more Republicans in the House and Senate to help him pass his agenda. He says the GOP "cannot afford...
Conyers' House seat to remain vacant for nearly a year

Conyers' House seat to remain vacant for nearly a year

Michigan's Republican governor announced Friday that Democrat John Conyers' congressional seat will not be filled until the regularly scheduled November election, leaving it vacant for nearly a year. Gov. Rick Snyder decided the post will be listed twice on the August primary and November general election ballots. While unlikely, it is possible voters could choose one candidate to fill the vacancy...

Trump says fines for Wells Fargo will not be dropped

President Donald Trump weighed in on an investigation into scandal-plagued Wells Fargo, tweeting Friday that fines and penalties against the bank would not be dropped, and may actually be "substantially increased." Trump's statement comes a day after Reuters reported that Mick Mulvaney, the president's budget director and now acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was...

Trump promotes Moore in advance of Florida campaign rally

President Donald Trump is urging Alabama voters to support Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying on Twitter the "LAST thing" his agenda needs is a "Liberal Democrat" in the Senate. He tweets, "VOTE ROY MOORE!" Trump was tweeting in advance of a Friday night rally in Pensacola, Florida, near the Alabama border. The White House has said the Florida rally is a campaign...
Trainers rushed to save terrified horses as flames closed in

Trainers rushed to save terrified horses as flames closed in

A routine day at an elite training center for racehorses transformed into terror and chaos in minutes, with hundreds of thoroughbreds stampeding out of their stalls in a desperate attempt to flee a Southern California wildfire that set their barns ablaze. Turned loose by their trainers in a last-ditch effort to save their lives, the huge, muscular animals, their eyes wide with fear, charged through...
Ex-priest gets life in prison for 1960 parishioner slaying

Ex-priest gets life in prison for 1960 parishioner slaying

A jury on Friday sentenced an 85-year-old former priest to life in prison for the 1960 killing of a schoolteacher and former beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served. The same jurors in Hidalgo County in South Texas found John Bernard Feit guilty of murder Thursday night. Prosecutors asked jurors Friday for a 57-year prison term — one year for each year he had walked free since...
To win swing voters, Democrat in Alabama Senate race appeals to morals

To win swing voters, Democrat in Alabama Senate race appeals to morals

Doug Jones, the Democrat working to win a Senate seat that Republicans have held comfortably since the 1990s, is trying not so much to sway swing voters as to recruit them for a moral cause. On a day when his opponent, Republican Roy Moore, made no public appearances, Jones called for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., to resign, then rallied with workplace rights activist Lilly Ledbetter to argue that Alabama...
Emails show bid in Russia to help Trump

Emails show bid in Russia to help Trump

An executive at a leading Russian social media company made several overtures to Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 — including days before the November election — urging the candidate to create a page on the website to appeal to Russian Americans and Russians.  The executive at Vkontakte, or VK, Russia's equivalent to Facebook, emailed Donald Trump Jr. and social media...
On historic trip, Turkey's Erdogan meets Muslims in Greece

On historic trip, Turkey's Erdogan meets Muslims in Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with members of Greece's Muslim minority on Friday, ending a landmark visit to Greece that sharply divided opinion in the country and saw tensions in relations resurface. Erdogan attended prayers at the Kirmahalle Cammi mosque in the northeastern town of Komotini, where he was greeted by several thousand supporters chanting his name. He spoke to the crowd...
Citizens' group seeks US accountability for CIA renditions

Citizens' group seeks US accountability for CIA renditions

Efforts to prosecute the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four co-defendants are stalled in part over a lingering issue Americans haven't yet resolved: torture. Interrogators at secret CIA prisons repeatedly slammed Ammar al Baluchi's head against walls, leaving the 9/11 planner and nephew of attack mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with brain injuries and memory loss, one of...
Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Gay marriage in Australia became a law Friday as the prime minister gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament, and the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to Government House where Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed the bill into law on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia's...
Here are the top dog names for 2017

Here are the top dog names for 2017

When it comes to naming dogs, pet owners have a new one in the top spot. It’s no longer Spot -- and hasn’t been for a while -- Max and Bella are the top choices, Rover.com reported on its blog. Rover.com, the United States’ largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers, released its top 100 names for dogs in 2017. Max was the preferred name for males, while Bella topped the...
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