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Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it....



Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely "exonerating" her before the 2016 election....



Family of slain sergeant says Trump showed 'disrespect'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed "disrespect" to the soldier's loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body. Trump, engulfed in controversy over the appropriate way for presidents to show compassion for slain soldiers, strongly disputed that account....



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 say if he had discussed with the president an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and t...



Trump has no immediate plans to visit Calif. wildfire damage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has made four visits to hurricane zones recently. But he isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires....



The Latest: Sessions won't say if he'll jail journalists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local):...



Authorities launch inquiry into Statehouse sexual harassment
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- State authorities said Wednesday they have launched an inquiry in response to a lawmaker saying that a higher-ranking legislator told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further....



Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration's proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel....



Melania Trump to donate inaugural ball gown to Smithsonian
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution....



Karen Pence: 'All of us could benefit from art therapy'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Karen Pence, the vice president's wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight during the Trump administration....