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Trump is said to tell senators they might see his taxes one day

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday that they may see his tax returns one day, according to a Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting.

The aide said the remark appeared to be flippant, and it's not clear the attendees believed ...Read more

How did Trump's response to Niger deaths go so wrong?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept silent on the deaths of four American soldiers for nearly two weeks, while finding time to tweet about "fake news" and Republicans' fundraising, attack Puerto Ricans and a Republican senator, among others, and keep up his complaints against protesting professional football players.

When he finally spoke...Read more

Regulators move to permanently shut down nursing home after 14 died without AC

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Florida regulators have moved to permanently revoke the operating license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after 14 people died when it lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration also wants the owners to pay a fine of about $43,000 for violations of health ...Read more

Trump administration to impose duties on Argentina's major export

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration will impose substantial trade penalties on a critical export for Argentina, delivering a significant blow to one of President Donald Trump's few friends in the hemisphere.

According to two people familiar with the plans, the Commerce Department will announce aggressive anti-dumping duties on biodiesel ...Read more

Dead woman billed on 100th birthday by Florida nursing home

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Even though Albertina Vega is dead and the sweltering nursing home where she died is shut down, the facility still billed her on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Vega, 99, was one of 14 deceased residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills where the central air conditioning failed during Hurricane ...Read more

California Senate leader Kevin de Leon kicks off US Senate campaign

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LOS ANGELES -- Following months of intense speculation, Democratic California Senate leader Kevin de Leon officially kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign Wednesday at an event in downtown Los Angeles.

Appearing before a crowd of more than 100 supporters, de Leon played on the themes of change and bold action that he's embraced as a leader of ...Read more

Victim said she had 'inside story' about a disappearance, witness testifies in Robert Durst murder case

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LOS ANGELES -- Shortly before she was shot to death inside her Los Angeles home, Susan Berman told a close female friend she had the "inside story" about the disappearance of the wife of a male friend in New York with whom she was angry and disappointed, according to testimony Wednesday in the murder case of Robert Durst.

The witness, Robin ...Read more

Trump punts his top priorities to Congress, setting stage for a year-end showdown

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WASHINGTON -- In kicking his top priorities to Congress, President Donald Trump is setting the stage -- intentionally or not -- for weeks of messy horse-trading that may culminate in a year-end standoff to avoid another government shutdown.

Trump is betting he can pressure Congress into breaking its gridlock and squeeze some concessions from ...Read more

Alarm in Russia as US becomes the unpredictable superpower

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SOCHI, Russia -- Russia may have got what it wished for with the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, but almost a year later Moscow's foreign policy community shows more signs of alarm than triumph.

Alongside statements of neutrality toward the U.S. vote from officials and others at a Kremlin-sponsored gathering of foreign and domestic ...Read more

Lewandowski is said to be interviewed in Senate Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump's onetime presidential campaign manager, was questioned Wednesday behind close doors by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to a person familiar with the interview.

The committee, like its House counterpart, has been looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether there ...Read more

Guantanamo guards seize confidential Sept. 11 terror trial defense files

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- In the latest challenge to attorney-client confidentiality here, prison guards on Wednesday seized the court-approved, non-networked laptop computers and hard drives issued to the accused Sept. 11 attack plotters to prepare for their death penalty trials.

Army Col. James L. Pohl, the case judge, ordered the ...Read more

USC medical school dean saw patients after taking meth, investigators allege

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LOS ANGELES -- For more than a year while he was dean of the University of Southern California's medical school, Dr. Carmen Puliafito abused drugs on days he worked as an eye doctor in university facilities and "would return to his medical office to see patients within hours of using methamphetamine," a state investigation alleges.

Puliafito ...Read more

McCaskill in hot seat at White House as Trump courts swing state Democrats on taxes

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WASHINGTON -- Claire McCaskill thinks she knows why she sat right next to President Donald Trump at the White House. Of the Democrats invited to talk taxes in the West Wing on Wednesday, Trump won her state by the widest margin.

Five Senate Democrats, all facing tough re-election bids next year and representing states Trump won in November, got...Read more

Trump thinks he owns Renoir, but Art Institute says real one hangs in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- There are two versions of French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Two Sisters (On The Terrace)."

One has hung in the Art Institute of Chicago since 1933.

The other is in President Donald Trump's New York apartment.

But one of them is a fake -- and the Art Institute says it isn't the one in Chicago.

Trump, apparently, ...Read more

Judge rules detained teenage immigrant must be allowed to have an abortion

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration must stop blocking a pregnant teenage immigrant currently being held in custody in Texas from getting an abortion, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Immigration officials have been refusing to allow the 17-year-old, known in court as Jane Doe, to travel to an abortion clinic from the shelter for ...Read more

Why tax cuts won't generate as much economic growth as Trump hopes

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans talk about their tax overhaul plan as if it's a sure-fire bet for the economy.

Far from it. There's little historical evidence that tax cuts actually pay off in boosting economic growth long-term.

And today's combination of high federal debt and a tight labor market casts even ...Read more

Trump is said to tell senators they might see his taxes one day

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday that they may see his tax returns one day, according to a Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting.

The aide said the remark appeared to be flippant, and it's not clear the attendees believed the president. Democrats have pushed for Trump to release his tax...Read more

Bipartisan tax bill more durable, GOP says after White House meeting

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WASHINGTON -- After huddling with President Donald Trump and a handful of Democrats, Senate Republican tax writers said an overhaul bill that secures bipartisan support would be more "durable" than a GOP-only path.

Senate Republicans are moving ahead with plans to ensure a tax bill could pass with as few as 50 GOP votes, with Vice President ...Read more

Chasing millions in Medicaid dollars, hospitals buy up nursing homes

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Westminster Village North, a nursing home and retirement community in Indianapolis, recently added 25 beds and two kitchens to speed food delivery to residents. It also redesigned patient rooms to ease wheelchair use and added Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. This fall, it's opening a new assisted living unit.

"We have seen amazing changes ...Read more

Russian oligarch's libel suit over Manafort report is dismissed

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NEWARK, N.J. -- A U.S. judge dismissed a libel lawsuit filed by a Russian oligarch against The Associated Press over an article about his business relationship a decade ago with Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

AP, citing interviews and business records, reported March 22 that Manafort, a political ...Read more