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GOP tax bill cost estimate keeps rising

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WASHINGTON -- With a final tax overhaul bill in hand, congressional Republicans say they have enough votes to pass legislation next week and deliver a major victory for themselves and President Donald Trump by Christmas. But at what cost?

On paper, the tax package hammered out Friday carries a price tag of a net $1.5 trillion over 10 years. In ...Read more

Las Vegas victims fund raised $22 million, but it's not enough to cover everyone affected by the shooting

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LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas committee overseeing the millions of dollars donated after the mass shooting in October has expanded the scope of those that could make a claim on money, but thousands will remain ineligible to receive any cash under the final guidelines.

Scott Nielson, chairman of the Las Vegas Victims Fund Committee, says the fund ...Read more

Nevada Democrat under pressure amid sexual harassment allegations says he won't seek re-election

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LAS VEGAS -- Ruben Kihuen, a Nevada congressman seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, said Saturday he will not seek re-election next year amid allegations of sexual harassment and the launch of a House Ethics Committee investigation.

The 37-year-old freshman congressman is the latest lawmaker to say he would not seek another term or ...Read more

Billionaire businessman and ex-TV anchorman face off in Chile's presidential election

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chileans will vote Sunday in a runoff presidential election to choose between former President Sebastian Pinera and one-time TV news anchor Alejandro Guillier in a race that pollsters say is too close to call.

Analysts describe the vote as a choice between economic growth incentives as promoted by Pinera, or a continuation of...Read more

Facing harassment allegations, Kihuen won't run for re-election

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Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election in 2018 -- a day after the House ethics committee said it would open an investigation into the freshman Democrat.

Two women have accused Kihuen of sexual harassment. He maintained his innocence in his retirement announcement.

"However, the allegations that have ...Read more

Anita Hill to lead commission to combat sexual harassment in Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES--A newly formed commission comprised of top Hollywood executives has chosen Anita Hill to chair its efforts to combat sexual harassment across the entertainment industry, it was announced Friday.

A powerhouse committee including studio, talent agency and guild leaders from across the film, television, digital and music industries ...Read more

Pentagon spent $22 million on UFO research, reports say

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The Pentagon spent millions of dollars investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, according to reports from The New York Times and Politico.

The $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 after its funding was pushed by Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who retired this year, according to The Times. ...Read more

2015 court case said losing air conditioning at Florida nursing home would be a 'catastrophe'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Representatives of the Hollywood, Fla., nursing home where 12 people were fatally stricken after days without air conditioning have said they acted prudently in not evacuating the building. Such a move can be dangerous to the frail and elderly, they said.

But the owner had a different view. In a court filing in ...Read more

Fox seeks to quell uproar over Rupert Murdoch's comments about sexual harassment

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21st Century Fox Saturday sought to tamp down a furor over Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch's comments that downplayed the magnitude of the sexual harassment scandal that has roiled Fox News for the past 18 months.

During a interview Thursday with Sky News to discuss the Murdoch family's sale of most of Fox to Walt Disney Co., Murdoch was ...Read more

Trump's visitor logs remain secret

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump is expected at his Winter White House in Palm Beach for the holidays, but records showing who will be visiting him at his Mar-a-Lago Club aren't available to the public.

The Trump administration has swatted down attempts by government watchdog groups to obtain White House and Mar-a-Lago visitor ...Read more

A decade into Mexico's deadly drug war, lawmakers vote to give the military more power

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MEXICO CITY –– Thousands of protesters marched against it. Hundreds of human rights groups implored lawmakers to reject it. Even the United Nations warned of its dangers.

But Friday, Mexico's Congress approved the Law of Internal Security, which gives the military broad new powers and solidifies its central role in the country's drug war.

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New evacuation orders issued as winds pick up, threatening hundreds of homes in Montecito, Calif.

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MONTECITO, Calif. -- New evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County Saturday morning as the Thomas fire moved toward the hills above Montecito, with some wind gusts reported up to 65 mph.

The so-called sundowner winds are pushing south from the mountains down to the coast -- removing moisture along the way -- and are expected to ...Read more

Former USC football player turned crime boss sentenced to 21 years in prison

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SAN DIEGO -- Born into privilege, educated in good schools and an alumnus of the University of Southern California football brotherhood, Owen Hanson was set up for success. Perhaps a future boardroom CEO or a real estate magnate.

But Hanson chose to use his talents and resources to become a different kind of boss: a crime boss.

For years, ...Read more

Cautious Hawaii prepares for a nuclear attack

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HONOLULU -- For the first time in more than three decades, an ominous warning siren blared across Hawaii this month -- an alarm that one day could mean a nuclear missile is about to hit.

The siren, a Cold War relic brought back after new threats from North Korea, is the centerpiece of a wide-ranging campaign to prepare for a nuclear strike. ...Read more

Southern California took lessons from infernos up north

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LOS ANGELES--Both sieges began in darkness with fierce winds that made the flames impossible to stop.

Hurricane-force gusts pushed the flames over highways that should have been barriers and into neighborhoods so quickly that officials said they were helpless to protect the homes in their path.

The wine country fires that ravaged Northern ...Read more

'Nightmare' at San Luis Rey Downs leaves pain, promise in wake

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BONSALL, Calif. -- The Lilac Fire that ravaged northern San Diego County incited panic at San Luis Rey Downs as the flames flickered, leaving the horse training facility in profound pain.

At least 46 horses died that day, falling from fire, smoke inhalation, heart attacks and injuries. Horse hide was found far from the flames, on an aluminum ...Read more

In Northern California, forgotten victims of the wildfires struggle to regain their footing

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NAPA, Calif. -- Claudia and Francisco Alvarez had what they thought was a perfect situation in the mountains west of Calistoga in Napa County.

For several years, they worked and lived on the grounds of a rustic guest ranch with their two children, Steven, 7, and Sofia, 4. Claudia was in charge of housekeeping for 18 cottages. Francisco was in ...Read more

State Department says it has begun tracking alcohol-related blackout incidents in Mexico

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Officials with the U.S. Department of State are now tracking reports of blackouts and injuries related to potentially tainted alcohol in Mexico and said Friday they have already received a dozen complaints.

The agency has come under fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in recent months for "underplaying" the risks to tourists ...Read more

Judges to investigate 9th Circuit's Alex Kozinski as more women allege sexual misconduct

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Amid new reports that 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski groped women, including a law student, an East Coast federal appeals court was assigned Friday to conduct an investigation.

The Washington Post reported Friday that nine more women have complained of improprieties by Kozinski, including four who said he touched them ...Read more

Fed report: Safety problems persist at immigration detention center in South Georgia

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ATLANTA--An immigration detention center in South Georgia has struggled with serious safety problems undermining the "humane treatment" of its detainees, according to a stinging new report by the U.S. Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General.

At Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, some detainees with high-risk criminal ...Read more