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GOP says it's got a deal on taxes; cuts coming for next year

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans -- Donald Trump among them -- and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president.



Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

She was first roused awake at 2:30 a.m. by a call seeking an emergency placement for a child.



Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. He was 57.



Former 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa leaving White House

Posted 12/14/2017 in National

True to form, former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is ending her time at the White House with a dose of drama.



Analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore.



Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted.



Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside."



Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Posted 12/13/2017 in National

This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."



Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election today is about either continuing the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allowing "decency" to prevail back home.



Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior.



'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said.



Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.



Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Posted 12/12/2017 in National

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks.



Like Trump, Moore breaking the rules of modern-day politics

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics.



Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats.



White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015 traffic stop.



Pearl Harbor survivors in their 90s attend solemn ceremony

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise bombing raid that plunged the U.S. into World War II.



Congress averts shutdown, sends Trump stopgap spending bill

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Congress on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill.



Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" spanning an extended period against the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host.



Trump travel ban to be heard by federal appeals court

Posted 12/8/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's updated travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia.



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