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GOP-aligned group pushes tax reform in new $2 million ad buy

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WASHINGTON -- A major outside group aligned with Republican House leadership is launching a $2 million television ad buy to keep up the pressure on Congress over tax reform.

The latest buy from American Action Network's Middle Class Growth Initiative brings the organization's spending to more than $14 million on an array of pro-tax reform ...Read more

After Nevada hosts gun show, Calif. sees sharp rise in gun-related injuries and deaths

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In the two weeks after a gun show is held in Nevada, injuries and deaths involving firearms jump by 69 percent -- in neighboring areas of California.

However, when gun shows occur in California, the state does not experience an increase in firearm-related trauma over the next fortnight.

The findings, published Monday in the Annals of Internal ...Read more

Rep. Jim Jordan: House GOP tax bill expected to be released next week

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WASHINGTON -- A House Republican tax bill is expected to be released next week, marked up the following week and brought to the floor the week after that, Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said Monday night.

The former Freedom Caucus chairman said he and other members of the hard-line conservative caucus will support the Senate budget resolution that ...Read more

Ivanka Trump touts benefit of tax cuts for middle class

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RICHBORO, Pa. -- At the end of Monday's town hall meeting on her father's tax reform plan at a senior center in Richboro, Ivanka Trump flashed a grin at the audience. "Is there anything more invigorating," she asked, "than getting out of Washington?"

It was the most Trumpian thing she'd said all day, after a session spent soberly discussing the...Read more

US, Syria out in the cold after Nicaragua signs Paris climate deal

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Nicaragua has signed the Paris climate deal, the country's vice president confirmed Monday, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two nations to not lend their support to the international treaty.

Rosario Murillo said that President Daniel Ortega had signed the Central American nation on to the deal even though ...Read more

Brady signals retirement changes are still on tax-writers' table

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WASHINGTON -- Almost 12 hours after President Donald Trump ruled out changes to 401(k) retirement-savings plans, a top congressional tax writer indicated that retirement savings remains under review.

"We are taking a fresh look at the savings plans, at the savings vehicles," House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said Monday evening during ...Read more

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4 Wheaton College football players accused of hazing plead not guilty

CHICAGO -- Four of the five Wheaton College student football players accused of injuring another player during an alleged hazing incident pleaded not guilty Monday to nine felony counts.

The four players, flanked by half a dozen attorneys, made their first appearances in ...Read more

Kate Steinle killing result of accidental shot and 'freakish ricochet,' attorney says

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The undocumented immigrant accused of shooting and killing 32-year-old Kate Steinle was aiming toward her and knew what he was doing, a prosecutor argued in her opening statement Monday morning.

But a defense attorney said Steinle's death was the result of an accidental gunshot and a "freakish ricochet" of the bullet that ...Read more

Police in Illinois probe alleged lynching threat made against congresswoman on Facebook

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CHICAGO -- Police are investigating allegations that an Illinois man threatened to lynch U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson in a racist Facebook post.

But Tom Keevers, 54, says an anonymous "meme-maker" put words in his mouth and that he and his family are now getting death threats.

Screen grabs of a post purportedly made on Keevers' Facebook page ...Read more

Temperatures break records across LA area; triple-digit heat forecast for World Series

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LOS ANGELES -- Heat records were set Monday across Southern California as temperatures soared before Tuesday's World Series opener at Dodger Stadium.

Downtown Los Angeles hit 102 degrees, Long Beach 105, Burbank 101 and Oxnard 104, according to the National Weather Service, all new highs for the day.

Forecasters said that Tuesday was also ...Read more

Medic receives Medal of Honor for Vietnam heroics in Operation Tailwind

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Gary Michael Rose for his service as a medic in Vietnam. With that, Rose became one of the prestigious award's 73 living recipients more than 48 years after the fact.

On Sept. 11, 1970, Rose, then 22, and 15 other American soldiers of the Army's Fifth ...Read more

Food fight? After spats on Twitter, Trump is having lunch with Senate Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- Like a feuding family that still shares a dinner table, President Donald Trump will join Senate Republicans at lunch Tuesday in the ornate Mansfield Room at the U.S. Capitol. Pass the gravy and a side of awkward.

But any discomfort is expected to dissipate quickly, thanks to a dish every Republican senator can savor: A tax rewrite...Read more

Trump escalates controversy over his call to soldier's widow

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump Monday disputed criticism from a soldier's widow about his call to console her, escalating a week-old controversy over the president's belated response to the deaths of four Americans after an Oct. 4 ambush of U.S. forces in Niger.

Two days after the funeral of her husband, Sgt. La David T. Johnson, Myeshia ...Read more

Sessions, speaking in Philly, vows to 'dismantle' international MS-13 gang

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PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday formally designated the criminal gang MS-13 as a priority for federal law enforcement, vowing to use agencies ranging from the FBI to Homeland Security and the IRS to dismantle what he described as an organization that "threatens the lives and well-being of each and every family and ...Read more

War court judge orders 3 USS Cole defense lawyers to Guantanamo after they quit

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MIAMI -- In a new test of the reach of the Guantanamo war court, a military judge has ordered three civilian lawyers who quit the USS Cole defense team to come to court at the remote U.S. Navy base in Cuba next week.

Attorneys Rick Kammen, Rosa Eliades and Mary Spears quit their jobs Oct. 11 as lawyers for the man accused of orchestrating al-...Read more

Tillerson stops in Kabul, Baghdad to advocate stability

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited two war-zone capitals Monday to reaffirm Washington's desire for stability in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tillerson traveled first to Kabul, Afghanistan, and later to Baghdad, Iraq. The State Department had not announced either trip in advance, and his visits were under heavy security out of fear...Read more

N. Carolina man had chance to get his life back, but he came up $800 short; is that fair?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte man who has become a symbol of how the wheels of justice can turn against the poor now faces trial after a judge on Monday dismissed his argument that he was being discriminated against by prosecutors.

Rahman Bethea was charged in March 2016 with embezzling audio-visual equipment from a Sheraton hotel. As a first-...Read more

Miami-area bomb suspect made Islamic State-inspired videos, FBI says

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MIAMI –– This fall, a Miami man was trashing the U.S. government and its anti-terrorist actions around the world while a confidential informant listened to his every word.

Vicente A. Solano told the informant that he wanted to attack a crowded Miami-Dade mall on Black Friday, the big Christmas shopping day after Thanksgiving, according to ...Read more

Top US general says troops in Niger were ambushed on way back to base

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's top general outlined the investigation Monday into the ambush that killed four U.S. servicemen in the African country of Niger on Oct. 4, and provided new details on the attack.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that aspects of the attack are still unclear as well as the ...Read more

New digital 'hurricane' churns, gathering strength to land blow on the internet

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WASHINGTON -- Just as hurricane trackers chart storms in the Atlantic before they make landfall, cybersecurity researchers track viral infections that threaten mayhem. They've found a doozy.

A massive zombie robotic network, or botnet, has expanded to infect "an estimated million organizations" and could bring corners of the internet to its ...Read more