Senate moves tax cut legislation to brink of final passage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative victory….
Cardinal Law, central figure in church abuse scandal, dies
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died early Wednesday, the Vatican said. He was 86….
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:…
9,000-plus died in battle with Islamic State group for Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The price Mosul's residents paid in blood to see their city freed was between 9,000 and 11,000 dead, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than what has been previously reported. The number killed in the 9-month battle to liberate the city from the Islamic State marauders has not been acknowledged by the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi government or the self-styled caliphate….
Officials: Why was train in fatal Amtrak wreck speeding?
DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Federal investigators probing a deadly Amtrak derailment are trying to determine why the train was traveling at more than double the posted speed limit as it entered the curve where it left the tracks and plunged off an overpass and partly onto a busy freeway, killing three people and injuring dozens….
A sweeping tax plan whose promises face widespread doubts
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix a tax code that stifles business investment, keeps trillions in corporate profits languishing overseas and slows the American economy….
New blow for Uber as top EU court says it’s a taxi company
BRUSSELS (AP) — Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union's top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across the continent….
Haley to UN members: US will be ‘taking names’ on Jerusalem
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ambassador Nikki Haley is serving notice the U.S. "will be taking names" on a U.N. General Assembly vote Thursday on a nonbinding resolution criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital….
Christmas in Bethlehem: Trump’s Jerusalem shift looms large
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital looms large in Christmas festivities this year in the traditional birthplace of Jesus….
Putin: Public man who is reserved even by Russian standards
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin's torso, which he sometimes bares during sporting pursuits, is a familiar part of his public image. How much Putin reveals of the man behind the buff exterior is another question….