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Sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans ...

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great ...

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 ...

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump’s fiery tweet

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Gillibrand, ...

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

By TOM HAYS and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday in the hours before the man was ...

Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing

By SADIE GURMAN and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on ...

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 ...