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Trump wants tax bill on his desk by Thanksgiving

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump raised expectations of the Republicans' timetable for completing changes to the U.S. tax code, indicating that he expects legislation approved and on his desk by Thanksgiving.

"I want to get it by the end of the year but I'd be very disappointed if it took that long," he said Sunday on Fox. He said lawmakers...Read more

Catalonia stands firm on independence from Spain

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BARCELONA, Spain--The regional government of Catalonia refused again Sunday to back off from its demand for independence from Spain, while Madrid harshly chided secessionist leaders and branded as illegal any move to try to break away from Spain.

The independence furor in Spain's most affluent region has sent shock waves across Europe, with ...Read more

Abe in position to lead Japan through 2021 after big election victory

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TOKYO –– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's gamble on an early election may have won him a chance to lead Japan through 2021.

Abe's ruling coalition retained its two-thirds majority in the 465-member lower house in elections Sunday. That boosts his chances at winning another term next year as head of his Liberal Democratic Party, which ...Read more

Spain's foreign minister says Catalonia's leaders will not be arrested

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Spain's foreign minister has promised that no arrests will be made when the Catalan government is dismissed as soon as this week.

Alfonso Dastis said Sunday on BBC that there were no plans to arrest anyone when Spain ousts Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his government.

The ouster is part of planned measures up for a Spanish Senate ...Read more

McConnell says tax plan can be revenue-neutral

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WASHINGTON –– The Republican Party hasn't abandoned the goal of making President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan revenue-neutral and can make it so by increasing economic growth, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday.

"Actually we're not, because that's a rather conservative estimate of how much growth you'll get out of this pro-...Read more

2 Americans who volunteered to fight Islamic State are in limbo

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BEIRUT--Former Marine Kevin Howard claimed scores of kills as a sniper volunteering this year with a militia fighting Islamic State in Syria.

He wanted to help people, Howard had said this summer, especially Christians who were being persecuted for their faith just as they had been in areas where he had fought with the Marines in Iraq.

But ...Read more

The fate of room No. 32135 at Mandalay Bay hotel and other properties involved in mass shootings

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What should be done with the sites of mass shootings?

For some grieving families, tearing down a building and replacing it with a memorial feels right. In other cases, people prefer no special marker.

MGM Resorts announced Friday that it does not plan to rent out room No. 32135 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the perch from which Stephen ...Read more

Puerto Rico drug users get less help after the storm

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CIDRA, Puerto Rico -- The trio of workers on the relief mission drove through the mountains to deliver supplies to the destitute in a rural region ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

But they weren't delivering fuel, ice or hot meals.

Instead, the workers, from an organization called Mountain Point, brought packets of clean syringes, mounds of ...Read more

After Niger attack, a look at clandestine jihadis posing a growing danger to US forces in Africa

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JOHANNESBURG -- As America increases its military footprint in some of Africa's most dangerous trouble spots, confronting extremist affiliates of al-Qaida and Islamic State, the risk of intelligence failures and more combat deaths is mounting.

U.S. special forces who accompanied Niger's military at a meeting of village leaders in Tongo Tongo on...Read more

Five former US presidents slated to appear at concert for hurricane relief

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WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama said Saturday they have so far raised $31 million since last month for hurricane relief efforts.

The announcement came as the five living former presidents were scheduled to attend a benefit concert together to raise additional ...Read more

Democrats to ban money from donors that 'conflict'

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WASHINGTON ––The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to ban donations from certain corporate political action committees -- including those tied to tobacco companies, gun makers and payday lenders -- that "conflict" with the party's platform.

Committee members approved the measure at a meeting in Las Vegas. The committee's ...Read more

Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who clashed with Trump during the election, goes after him in California

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq who feuded with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Saturday criticized the Trump White House for its clash with a widow of a fallen solider earlier this week.

Khan, speaking to reporters after addressing a National Union of Healthcare Workers ...Read more

Soldier killed in Niger is mourned at controversy-free funeral

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COOPER CITY, Fla. -- Sgt. La David Johnson was remembered during his funeral Saturday as a dedicated family man who loved sweet tea and could hold a wheelie on his bicycle for an entire block.

Friends and family spoke glowingly of the 25-year-old serviceman who was killed with three other U.S. soldiers in an Oct. 4 ambush by Islamic militants ...Read more

Miami man, said to be inspired by terrorists, accused of planning to bomb shopping center

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MIAMI -- A Miami man suspected of being inspired by Islamic extremists was arrested Friday on a charge of attempting to blow up a bomb at a shopping mall by FBI counterterrorism agents in an undercover operation.

Vicente Solano, was communicating with a confidential informant who tipped off the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force about his ...Read more

Afghanistan's Shiite minority increasingly targeted in their places of worship

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Dozens of men gathered in a dust-blown graveyard Saturday to pay their last respects to 83-year-old Karbalai Mohammad Anwar Noori, one of at least 50 people killed in a suicide bombing the night before at a nearby mosque in western Kabul.

As Noori's sons and nephews fought back tears, a tall, turbaned cleric stood above ...Read more

Czech populist is clear winner in parliamentary elections

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PRAGUE –– Billionaire populist Andrej Babis and his ANO (Yes) party were declared the winners of the Czech parliamentary elections Saturday,

With votes from nearly all polling stations counted, ANO received 29.7 percent of the votes, the national statistical office said -- an insurmountable margin for the competition.

Babis, who has been ...Read more

Trump says he'll allow release of JFK assassination files

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Saturday that he plans to allow the release of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Trump, in a Twitter post, didn't specify whether the president intends to allow all, or just some, of the information to become public, and he stipulated that the ...Read more

Spain moves to remove secessionist Catalonian leaders

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MADRID -- The entire regional government of Catalonia should be dismissed and new elections should be held there within six months, the Spanish government said Saturday.

The government asked to dismiss secessionist Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont and all his ministers, and to bring regional public media under Madrid's direct control.

...Read more

Iran says nuclear deal can't be renegotiated

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TEHRAN, Iran –– The nuclear deal between Iran and world powers can't be renegotiated despite U.S. President Donald Trump's objection to the terms, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Saturday.

That includes all annexes, clauses and proposed additions, Abbas Araghchi was quoted as saying by the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency. The U...Read more

Bannon brings 'war' to California

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Former Trump administration strategist and GOP agitator Stephen K. Bannon on Friday told California Republicans, whose state party has fallen in membership and political influence, that their salvation lies in putting aside their differences and getting to work -- just as they'd done to help move President Donald Trump to his ...Read more


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