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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Posted 9/28/2017 in National

Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s, has died at 91.



Firebrand jurist Moore wins GOP primary runoff in Alabama

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Firebrand jurist Roy Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by both President Donald Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell.



Trump, GOP roll out tax plan; cuts rates, doubles deduction

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are rolling out a wide-ranging plan to cut taxes for individuals and corporations, simplify the tax system, and likely double the standard deduction used by most Americans.



Trump suddenly focuses on Puerto Rico, promises visit, aid

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Suddenly, just about all President Donald Trump can talk about is Puerto Rico.



Congress at crossroads after another GOP health care failure

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next -- more partisan conflict, or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation?



Equifax CEO steps down in wake of huge personal data hack

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Embattled Equifax CEO Richard Smith stepped down Tuesday, less than three weeks after the credit reporting agency disclosed a disastrous hack to its computer system that exposed the sensitive personal information of 143 million Americans.



Senators grill SEC chair on disclosure of data breach

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

U.S. senators from both parties on Tuesday grilled the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission -- the agency responsible for policing Wall Street -- on its handling of a 2016 data breach that was disclosed only last week.



Construction starts on models of proposed Mexico border wall

Posted 9/27/2017 in National

Federal contractors on Tuesday began building prototypes of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, hitting a milestone toward a key campaign pledge.



As senators defect, GOP concedes health bill's fate bleak

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

Republican Sen. Susan Collins' decision to oppose the GOP push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul leaves the effort all but dead, with even party leaders conceding that their prospects are dismal.



GOP, White House prepare to roll out tax cuts

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.



McCain calls brain cancer prognosis 'very poor'

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a "very poor prognosis" as he battles brain cancer.



North Korean diplomat says tweet by Trump 'declared war'

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that a weekend tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.



Experts: North Korea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country's top diplomat saying it has every right do so.



'Rock bottom': Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting

Posted 9/26/2017 in National

Anthony Weiner's sexting compulsion cost him his seat in Congress, his shot at becoming New York mayor and his marriage, and may have even denied Hillary Clinton the presidency. On Monday, it cost him his freedom.



Trump: Objection to protests 'has nothing to do with race'

Posted 9/25/2017 in National

President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his opposition to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race" but has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."



Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder

Posted 9/25/2017 in National

Witnesses and police described a chaotic scene as a masked attacker armed with two guns shot seven people, killing one, in a Tennessee church before he was subdued.



Decades after 'Little Rock Nine,' school segregation lingers

Posted 9/25/2017 in National

Among the most lasting and indelible images of the civil rights movement were the nine black teenagers who had to be escorted by federal troops past an angry white mob and through the doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 25, 1957.



Health care bill teeters, GOP adds money to woo dissidents

Posted 9/25/2017 in National

Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they're pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week.



Trump replaces 90-day ban with new travel restrictions

Posted 9/25/2017 in National

President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation imposing strict new restrictions on travelers from a handful of countries, including five that were covered by his expiring travel ban.



GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal all but dead; McCain deals the blow

Posted 9/23/2017 in National

Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.



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