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FILE - This Sept. 27, 2017 file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, joining Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP lawmakers to talk about the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol in Washington. The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. House and Senate negotiators are rushing to finalize the tax legislation and deliver the promised measure to President Donald Trump before Christmas. Trump will try on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 to sell the American people on an unpopular GOP tax overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 13, 2017 - 1:05 pm
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 modest cuts and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to President...
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Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil, arrives to federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Closing arguments are set to take place in the New York trial of three former South American soccer officials charged in the bribery scandal engulfing the sport's governing body. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 13, 2017 - 1:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor says three former South American soccer officials charged in a corruption scandal failed to protect the interests of the sport's governing bodies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin Mace said in closing arguments at their trial Wednesday that the three took...
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December 13, 2017 - 1:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile says it's launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video. The nation's No. 3 wireless carrier said Wednesday that it bought cable-TV startup Layer3 TV to help it roll out its upcoming service. T-Mobile's press release has few...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, actress Salma Hayek attends the HFPA and InStyle Celebrate the 2018 Golden Globe Awards Season in West Hollywood, Calif. In an op-ed, Hayek says that her refusals of Harvey Weinstein’s advances led to a nightmare experience making the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic “Frida.” The New York Times on Wednesday, Dec. 13, published Hayek’s account in which she wrote that Weinstein was for years “my monster.” She said that Weinstein would turn up at her door “at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
December 13, 2017 - 1:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In an op-ed, Salma Hayek says that her refusals of Harvey Weinstein's advances led to a nightmare experience making the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida." The New York Times on Wednesday published Hayek's account in which she writes that Weinstein was for years "my monster." The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015 file photo, Minnesota Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith speaks to attendees at the North Star Ball in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is set to name his choice to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate, with the top contender seen as Lt. Gov. Smith. Dayton was expected to make the appointment Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, nearly a week after Franken announced his plan to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
December 13, 2017 - 12:56 pm
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 long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election. Smith was widely seen as...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, sportscaster Bob Costas sits on a stage before an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, in Baltimore. Costas has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence. The honor was announced Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at the winter meetings. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)
December 13, 2017 - 12:53 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Bob Costas has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence. The honor was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings. Popular and successful at calling the Olympics and other sports, the 65-year-old Costas flourished...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, Lyle Jeffs leaves the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. The former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, to nearly five years for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 13, 2017 - 12:50 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart said during a hearing in Salt Lake...
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FILE - This Sept. 27, 2017 file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, joining Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP lawmakers to talk about the Republicans' proposed rewrite of the tax code for individuals and corporations, at the Capitol in Washington. The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. House and Senate negotiators are rushing to finalize the tax legislation and deliver the promised measure to President Donald Trump before Christmas. Trump will try on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 to sell the American people on an unpopular GOP tax overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 13, 2017 - 12:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 11:56 a.m. House and Senate GOP leaders have forged an agreement on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws. That paves the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give most people tax cuts...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:57 am
The federal government is cutting down on the harvest of skate wings because fishermen are nearing their quota for the seafood item. Skate wings are the meat of skates, which are fished commercially on both coasts. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is reducing the commercial skate...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:21 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The trailing candidate in Atlanta's mayoral election runoff has requested a recount after the certified results showed a margin of less than 1 percent. A lawyer for Mary Norwood sent a letter Tuesday to election officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which both include parts of...
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