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Conservative group to use JFK to lobby Democrats to support Trump tax plan

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WASHINGTON -- A conservative group is launching a six-figure television ad buy targeting Democratic senators in three states that President Donald Trump won, pressing them to embrace a Republican-led push for a tax overhaul.

The ad buy from the Job Creators Network is the latest in what the group says will be a multimillion-dollar campaign ...Read more

Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

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ATLANTA -- A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons "by placing them in an oven and turning it on," according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An official autopsy is pending.

The arrest warrant alleges Lamora Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight ...Read more

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Senator calls on Ivanka Trump to cut tie to World Bank women's fund

WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump should cut ties with a World Bank fund focusing on women's empowerment, an initiative the U.S. president's daughter has championed, because her clothing brand may benefit from her involvement, Sen. Ben Cardin said in a letter to Treasury Secretary ...Read more

Judge keeps alive the bribery case against Sen. Menendez

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NEWARK, N.J. -- The bribery charges against Sen. Robert Menendez have survived a legal challenge for now, a relief for government prosecutors negotiating a tricky new landscape for corruption cases that the Supreme Court created with a decision a year ago.

Menendez, D-N.J., once the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was ...Read more

911 calls capture chaos at Florida nursing home

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A nursing home staff worker called 911 seeking help for an 84-year-old woman in cardiac arrest, citing the facility's lack of air conditioning.

"I just noticed, because we don't have any air conditioning, so I saw her slouch over," the attendant tells 911, according to audio recordings released by the city of Hollywood ...Read more

Mayors say many families would be hurt by GOP plan to kill state, local tax deduction

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WASHINGTON -- Tom Tait, the Republican mayor of Anaheim, Calif., isn't happy about his party's tax-overhaul efforts in Washington because the plan would eliminate a deduction for state and local taxes that helps many of his city's residents.

In Anaheim's 92806 ZIP Code, for example, the loss of the deduction would lead a family of four with ...Read more

Driver pulled from car and beaten after hitting and killing toddler in road

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A woman driving a Hyundai Santa Fe that struck and killed a toddler who ran into a Deerfield Beach street was dragged out of her SUV and beaten, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Neallie Junior Saxon III, who would have turned 2 on Dec. 12, was struck by a maroon 2007 Hundai Santa Fe at about 4:45 p.m. local ...Read more

Senator calls on Ivanka Trump to cut tie to World Bank women's fund

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump should cut ties with a World Bank fund focusing on women's empowerment, an initiative the U.S. president's daughter has championed, because her clothing brand may benefit from her involvement, Sen. Ben Cardin said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote that Trump, who ...Read more

Trump's EPA to curb legal settlements with environmentalists

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration moved Monday to curb settlements with conservationists and industry, instead vowing to fight cases designed to force the Environmental Protection Agency to take action.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he is ending a "sue-and-settle" practice that has resulted in closed-door agreements committing the ...Read more

Miami police say he told them 'I just killed my girlfriend and now she is my ex-girlfriend'

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MIAMI -- A man approached a Miami police officer working off-duty Saturday morning at Marlins Park and asked to be taken home. Then to jail.

Landy Gutierrez, 22, told the cop: "I just killed my girlfriend and now she is my ex-girlfriend."

Police say Gutierrez not only gave them consent to search his backpack, where they found a knife flecked ...Read more

Trump travel ban 3.0 hearing ends in Maryland without a ruling

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WASHINGTON -- Opponents of President Donald Trump's latest try at a travel ban spent 90 minutes in court on Monday, urging a Maryland judge to block it. The judge didn't rule.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Greenbelt heard from immigrant rights groups, urging him to put the ban on hold before it takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 18. (A...Read more

Pro-Trump group endorses in key Senate primaries

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WASHINGTON -- A prominent pro-Donald Trump super PAC with ties to ex-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is rolling out its official endorsements in the Wisconsin and Arizona GOP Senate primaries.

Great America PAC will announce that in Wisconsin, it is supporting Kevin Nicholson, a Marine veteran running in a hotly contested primary to ...Read more

Supreme Court won't hear USS Cole case challenge to Guantanamo war court

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider a pretrial challenge to the war court brought by death penalty defendant Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the former CIA captive accused of orchestrating al-Qaida's 2000 USS Cole bombing.

It was the second rejection of a Guantanamo captive's appeal to the high court ...Read more

Officials figure Somalia bombing must have been al-Shabab — again

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JOHANNESBURG -- A push by security forces in Somalia to stop al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab has cost the extremist group some territory and leaders.

But the group has proved resilient. So although as of Monday al-Shabab had not claimed responsibility for the weekend truck bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people, the attack resembled ...Read more

NY trooper who investigated disappearance of Robert Durst's wife testifies in LA murder case

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LOS ANGELES -- Robert Durst's wife, Kathleen, who disappeared decades ago, told her divorce attorney shortly before she vanished that the eccentric millionaire "threatened to kill her," a retired New York state trooper who investigated her missing person case testified Monday.

The trooper, James Harney, is one of several witnesses called to the...Read more

After criticism for not calling slain soldiers' families, Trump falsely says Obama did same

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump falsely said that President Barack Obama and other previous presidents failed to call the families of soldiers killed in action, drawing angry rebukes from Obama aides.

Trump made the accusation during an impromptu news conference Monday, while defending himself for failing to call the families of four ...Read more

Here are 7 topics Trump talked about at his news conference

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump touched on a slew of subjects Monday at his hastily arranged news conference in the Rose Garden. Here are seven:

-- His former top strategist Steve Bannon's "war on Republicans":

Bannon, who left the White House in August, has said he will back Republican candidates in the 2018 elections who do not support ...Read more

Trump says he'll tell Bannon to stop picking on Mitch McConnell's friends

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Monday threw a life raft to the most unpopular Republican in Congress, publicly expressing his support for Mitch McConnell and pledging to ask his anti-establishment friends to leave the Senate leader and his friends alone.

Until Monday, the Senate majority leader's reputation as a canny tactician had taken a ...Read more

Manchin to Trump: Don't make Rep. Tom Marino the drug czar

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic senator from a state ravaged by opioid abuse wants President Donald Trump to pull back the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar.

Citing reporting from The Washington Post, West Virginia's Joe Manchin III said in a letter to Trump that he had concerns that Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania,...Read more

Kushner plan for Fifth Avenue tower in NYC being blocked by partner

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NEW YORK -- An ambitious plan by Jared Kushner's family to recast its indebted Fifth Avenue office building as a luxury architectural trophy is collapsing, setting off a chain of events that may imperil the Kushners' ownership of a property central to their real estate empire.

Their partner, Vornado Realty Trust, is telling brokers to plan for ...Read more