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Child tax credit rise for illegal immigrants included in bills

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:52:08 -0500

President Trump has been willing to accept almost anything to close the deal on his giant tax cut bill before Christmas, including staying mum about a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to pocket the more generous child tax credit included in the package.

Illegal immigrants have been collecting the ...

Tax bill conference committee pushes against deadline

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:36:10 -0500

Republicans have two weeks to meet their Christmas deadline for passing a final tax bill and are still sorting through issues as they get set to hammer out final details.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that he is aiming for a vote next week, after a bicameral conference ...

Gerry Studds forgiven by Democrats for preying on teen boys

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:54:11 -0500

If Alabama voters choose Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's special election, it won't be the first time in the modern era that voters have sent to Congress a man dogged by a teen sex scandal.

Massachusetts voters stood by Democratic Rep. Gerry Studds even after he ...

Snow disrupts road, air travel in England and northern Wales

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:10:46 -0500

LONDON (AP) - Snow caused travel disruptions across central England and northern Wales on Sunday, grounding flights, shutting down roads and triggering traffic accidents.

Birmingham, London Stansted and London Luton airports briefly suspended flights as runways were cleared. The airports advised passengers to contact their airlines to check the status ...

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' lands on Oscar shortlist despite disputed climate science

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:54:15 -0500

Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth" has ended up on the shortlist for Oscar consideration despite questions about its credibility raised by challenges to some of its climate-change claims.

"An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" was among the 15 films included by the Academy of Motion Picture ...

Don Lutz, Korean War veteran, shoots and kills home invader: 'God has always been with me'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:53:36 -0500

A Korean War veteran who spent 16 months on the front lines told reporters on Friday that God was with him when two men broke into his home.

Don Lutz of Ellport, Pennsylvania, woke up to the sound of strangers barreling their way into his kitchen early Friday, but only ...

Trump doesn't 'fear the wrath of God,' Gov. Jerry Brown says, blasting president on climate change

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:54:19 -0500

With parts of his state engulfed by historic wildfires, Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend ripped into Donald Trump for his position on climate change, saying the commander-in-chief "doesn't fear the wrath of God."

In an interview with "60 Minutes" that will air Sunday evening, Mr. Brown offers a stinging critique ...

Donald Trump pays tribute to civil-rights heroes in Mississippi as black leaders boycott his visit

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:57:14 -0500

With some black leaders boycotting the event, President Trump paid tribute Saturday to the heroes of the civil rights movement at the dedication of two museums in Mississippi.

Speaking to a small invitation-only group of dignitaries indoors at the new civil-rights museum in Jackson, Mr. Trump called the facility honoring ...

Alabama Senate race too close to call

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 11:01:42 -0500

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A U.S. Senate campaign that was thrust into the national spotlight by allegations of sexual misconduct by one of the candidates is near the finish line.

Here is a look at the race between Republican nominee Roy Moore, who spent the final month of the campaign ...

Mueller: Ukraine newspaper op-ed shows Manafort can't be trusted to follow bail conditions

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:58:58 -0500

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is keeping a close eye on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

So close in fact, that the FBI tracked line-by-line edits Mr. Manafort made to a draft editorial defending his prior work in Ukraine before it was published in the English-language Kiev Post.

Prosecutors from ...

'Firefighting at Christmas' may become normal in California

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:11:14 -0500

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.

Well into what's considered the wet season, there's been nary a drop of rain. That's good news for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring ...

Supreme Court takes up second partisan gerrymandering case this term

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:05:49 -0500

The Supreme Court announced Friday it would take up a second partisan gerrymandering case this term after hearing one earlier this year from the state of Wisconsin.

The court will hear the challenge brought by seven Republicans in Maryland's sixth congressional district, who say Maryland lawmakers diluted Republican votes when ...

Justices to hear Maryland partisan gerrymander dispute

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:14:50 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is adding a dispute over Maryland's congressional map to its consideration of partisan gerrymandering.

The justices on Friday agreed to hear an appeal from Republican voters who complained that majority Democrats unfairly drew one of the state's eight congressional districts to favor their party. ...

Freight train derails in New Jersey, causing commuter delays

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:11:38 -0500

UNION, N.J. (AP) - A freight train en route to upstate New York derailed in northern New Jersey on Friday afternoon, leaving rail cars strewn across the tracks and snarling the evening commute for thousands of people leaving New York.

Fire officials in Union Township, southwest of Newark, said the ...

Rick Perry's plan to subsidize coal plants hits roadblock; FERC chief seeks delay

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:11:09 -0500

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's highly controversial plan to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants hit a roadblock late Thursday when the newly installed chief of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said he wants to postpone a decision on the proposal until after the new year.

The initiative, known as the ...

Gun profits dropping as fear-motivated buying decreases: Report

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:11:02 -0500

Gun store owners say they're seeing a drop in sales as a result of bargain hunting and President Trump's pro-Second Amendment support, Bloomberg reported.

The maker of Smith and Wesson — American Outdoor Brands Corp. — said it has seen its annual profit drop by as much as ...

Texas dad kills Popeyes gunman who pointed weapon at his kids: 'He really saved the day'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:03:37 -0500

A Texas dad is being hailed as a hero for killing an armed gunman who threatened his children inside a Popeyes restaurant.

Licensed gun owner Carlos Molina was eating inside the San Antonio restaurant Wednesday night when he suddenly found himself face to face with an armed robber. Mr. Molina ...

Paul Manafort fights Robert Mueller's special counsel team over gag order, Ukraine op-ed

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:39:59 -0500

An attorney for Paul Manafort is fighting back against the special counsel's accusation that his client violated a federal judge's gag order by helping draft an editorial defending his prior work in Ukraine — arguing that prosecutors would seek to prevent him from even maintaining his innocence.

Prosecutors from Robert ...

Spike in gun sales after Sandy Hook led to more accidental deaths, researchers say

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:27:00 -0500

A spike in gun purchases following the 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school led to an increase in accidental gun-related deaths, especially among children, in the five months after the massacre.

Three million guns were purchased between December 2012 and April 2013,  and an additional 57 deaths occurred ...

Three Texas churches rejected disaster relief by FEMA, file appeal

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:16:00 -0500

Three Texas churches are asking a federal appeals court Friday to hear their request for disaster relief funding following the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey earlier this year.

Their appeal comes after a federal district court ruled against the churches Thursday, and in favor of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, ...