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Tax package would ease hit to residents of high-tax states

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax ...

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

By ERIC TUCKER, JENNIFER McDERMOTT and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People close to Michael Flynn are describing the emotional pressures he faced this past year as special counsel Robert Mueller closed in on him and also investigated his son. President Donald Trump's former ...

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dies suddenly at 65

By JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from Lee's ...

Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that an attack on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue. Speaking at a news conference ...

Stormtroopers and princes on London’s ‘Last Jedi’ red carpet

LONDON (AP) — "Star Wars" fans and royal-watchers gathered Tuesday at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Prince William and Prince Harry were due on the red carpet for the European premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The royal siblings may even make a cameo appearance in the ...

Dems say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, crude

By NANCY BENAC and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign ...

‘One of my nightmares’: Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities ...

Alabama foes get in final licks before Tuesday’s big vote

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — 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 ...

Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some ...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writers Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article ...