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  • GOP budget that’s key to taxes moving ahead in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party’s politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. The nonbinding budget plan would permit Republicans to pass follow-up tax cuts later this year that would cost up to $1.5 […]
  • Sessions defends Comey firing, ties it to Clinton email case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director’s abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. But he refused to discuss any private conversations he had with the president leading up to Comey’s firing and would not […]
  • Trump’s lawyers to ask for dismissal of lawsuit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump are asking a federal judge to toss a civil lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution because his businesses accept money from foreign governments. In a court hearing in New York on Wednesday, Justice Department lawyers are expected to argue that the ban on foreign […]
  • Judge: Newest travel ban ‘same maladies’ as previous version

    HONOLULU (AP) — Just hours before President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. The revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor,” U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson wrote […]
  • As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end. After months of clandestine interviews and a few public, partisan committee clashes, some Republicans on the House intelligence panel have privately been […]
  • Blazes light up California pot farms ahead of legalization

    GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) — Desperate to see if wildfires had damaged his farm, Marcos Morales gunned his four-wheel-drive station wagon along the hidden dirt roads that crisscross Sonoma County vineyards. After evading police roadblocks and passing vintners’ well-tended pools and houses, he finally arrived to a disheartening sight: Scores of his marijuana plants had […]
  • CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the CIA’s independent watchdog has told Congress that he’s never read the Senate’s so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency’s treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate […]
  • Big question for US cities: Is Amazon’s HQ2 worth the price?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon’s second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer: Is it worth it? Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and a half. Yet the winning city would have to provide Amazon with generous tax […]
  • Bannon praises Flake opponent, slams Senate leader McConnell

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Steve Bannon leveled a blistering attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans at an Arizona fundraiser for a GOP primary challenger to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake. The former chief strategist to President Donald Trump heaped disdain on McConnell and other incumbent Republicans, saying they are failing the […]
  • Amazon has brought benefits – and disruption – to Seattle

    SEATTLE (AP) — Memo to the many places vying for Amazon’s second headquarters: It ain’t all food trucks and free bananas. For years, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower overhead as double-length dump trucks hauling excavated dirt rumble past pedestrians and bicyclists. […]
  • Wooing Amazon with sun, fun … and giant buttons

    BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon’s much-vaunted second headquarters that they’re brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. Literally. The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the different ways […]
  • Tough housing market awaits California wildfire victims

    PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — As firefighters gain on wildfires burning in Northern California’s wine country, the many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in those fires will have to find a new place to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation. In San Francisco, an average one-bedroom apartment rents […]
  • Trump: Lawmaker ‘fabricated’ account of his talk with widow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman “fabricated” an account of the commander in chief telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on […]
  • Crews douse fire at huge oil refinery near Los Angeles

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — A fire that erupted at the West Coast’s largest oil refinery threatened storage tanks and sent huge flames into the sky and black smoke across neighborhoods before crews quickly smothered it. Dozens of firefighters responded late Tuesday to the 1,000-acre Chevron El Segundo Refinery just south of Los Angeles, which […]
  • Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

    BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group. For an untold number of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing with the civilians, the escape to […]