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Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in stunning upset over Roy Moore

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the...

Winners and losers from the Alabama special election

After what seems like years, the Alabama special election is over. The race to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate featured votes spanning nearly four full months, featured one bizarre turn after another, and ended Tuesday night with Democrat Doug Jones pulling off the upset over...

Democrats just won Alabama — and their clearest path yet to taking back the Senate

Democrats didn't just win Alabama on Tuesday night. They won their clearest path yet to taking back the Senate majority next year. No, we're not saying the Senate majority will definitely switch parties in next November's midterm elections as a result of one race, as remarkable as the race was....

Tillerson says U.S. is ready to talk to North Korea without preconditions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Tillerson said...

Trump attack on Sen. Gillibrand criticized as sexually suggestive and demeaning

President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a tweet widely criticized as being sexually suggestive, sparking outrage at a time when the nation is reeling from a wave of accusations about improper behavior by powerful men - including Trump himself. In his morning...

Texts from FBI agent removed from Russia probe reveal anti-Trump comments

Texts between two senior FBI officials involved in both the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails and possible connections between Trump associates and Russia show the two frequently discussed their political views, and their intense dislike of candidate Donald Trump and fear he might win. A review...

Republicans rush toward deal on tax package that would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted. In a flurry of last-minute changes that...

Polls close across Alabama as bitter Senate campaign ends

After all the charges, denials, claims and promises, Alabama voters have had their say. Polls closed across the state Tuesday night after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised ...

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

A cooking fire at a homeless encampment sparked a wildfire last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday, while the fifth-largest wildfire in California history burning northwest of the city kept expanding and kept thousands out of their...

Inside Trump's legal team: Trying to protect the president from Mueller's 'killers'

Special counsel Robert Mueller III and his team of a dozen-plus lawyers and investigators have proven stealthy in their wide-ranging Russia probe. They have surprised the White House with one indictment after another, and summoned President Donald Trump's confidants for lengthy interviews. In the...

White House again denies what many think Trump meant

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was shocked - shocked! - to find that President Donald Trump had sent a tweet Tuesday that many viewed as sexually suggestive and demeaning to women. After Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called on Trump to resign over sexual harassment ...

Trump says senator 'would do anything' for cash

Pushing into the sexual harassment debate, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat had begged him for campaign contributions in the past and "would do anything" to get them. Democrats accused the president of comments that were ...

Democrats say Trump's tweets about Sen. Gillibrand are sexist, crude

Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. Democrats accused the president of making...

Decision day arrives in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign

Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama on Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere. At the ...

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted. In a flurry of last-minute changes that...

Poll shows that large majorities of Americans oppose plan to repeal net neutrality rules

On the eve of a pivotal vote that would deregulate the broadband industry, a fresh survey from the University of Maryland shows that large majorities of Americans - including 3 out of 4 Republicans - oppose the government's plan to repeal its net neutrality rules for Internet providers. The ...

House GOP higher education bill moves ahead, despite cries to slow down

House Republicans are pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of the federal law that governs almost every aspect of higher education, without hearings and despite mounting pressure to provide more time for analysis and input. On Tuesday, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce ...

Federal prosecutors charge NYC subway bomb suspect, say he taunted Trump before act

The Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a botched suicide bombing in the New York subway mocked President Donald Trump on Facebook on his way to carry out the attack, writing "Trump you failed to protect your nation," authorities said Tuesday as they brought federal charges against him. Akayed ...

Top Republican on Senate judiciary panel pushes back against 2 Trump nominees

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican said Tuesday that President Donald Trump should "reconsider" and "not proceed" with two nominations for open seats on the federal bench, complicating the administration's efforts to push the picks through the confirmation process. Sen. Charles ...

'Phenomenal' trial results may yield treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say

The discovery of a drug that may stop, and perhaps even cure the fatal disease known as Huntington's, is being hailed as "historic" by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and "phenomenal" and "fantastically promising" by Huntington's researchers, ...

Recent NYC terror attacks show immigration is a security issue, Jeff Sessions says

A botched suicide mission on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday during a stop in Baltimore with the new Homeland Security chief. Speaking...

Democrats say President Trump's tweets about Sen. Gillibrand are sexist, crude

Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. Democrats accused the president of making...

After bitter campaign, Alabama Senate race goes to voters

The bitter Senate race in deeply conservative Alabama went to the voters Tuesday as they chose between an embattled but well-known Republican accused of child molestation and a Democrat who hopes to break the GOP's lock on the state and uphold "decency." Roy Moore, the 70-year-old GOP nominee who...

Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat. But there's a catch. The $700 billion ...

'One of our attorneys is a Jew': Kayla Moore, wife of Roy Moore, responds to anti-Semitism claims

It was the final night of campaigning for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat and all eyes were on Republican candidate Roy Moore. But Twitter, at least, focused more on his wife Kayla and her remarks before he spoke. She didn't say precisely why she felt a need to get into the subject of Jews. But it's...

Federal prosecutors charge NYC subway bomb suspect, say he taunted Trump before act

A Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a New York subway bombing blamed President Donald Trump for the botched suicide mission that he said he carried out for the Islamic State group, authorities said as they brought federal charges against him Tuesday. Akayed Ullah posted a statement on his ...

Tax package would ease hit to residents of high-tax states, said two congressional aides

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday were speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on Americans living in high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks. Negotiators were working to expand a deduction for state and local ...

Federal scientists call the warming of the Arctic 'unprecedented over the last 1,500 years'

The Trump administration's mixed views on climate change notwithstanding, a group of federal scientists on Tuesday released a stark report on the warming at the top of the planet, suggesting that it is unparalleled in more than a millennium. "The Arctic is going through the most unprecedented ...

Recent NYC terror attacks show immigration is a security issue, Jeff Sessions says

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that an attack on the New York City subway system showed in the "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue. Speaking at a news conference with the new chief of Homeland Security, Sessions said...

Bangladesh questions family of man accused of NYC subway bomb

Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system, officials said Tuesday. Bangladesh's government condemned the attack, saying it opposes all forms of terrorism and violent extremism....

NTSB starts final probe of deadly sinking of El Faro, ship that sailed into hurricane path

Federal investigators probing the deaths of 33 mariners on the doomed El Faro said Tuesday that open lifeboats would not have protected the crew had they been able to launch them. They recommend replacing these old-style lifeboats on any vessel still using them. This was among 53 draft safety ...

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dies suddenly at 65

Mayor Ed Lee, who oversaw a technology-driven economic boom in San Francisco that brought with it sky-high housing prices despite his lifelong commitment to economic equality, died suddenly early Tuesday at age 65. A statement from Lee's office said the city's first Asian-American mayor died at...

Paris hosts major climate summit — and it's all about Trump

The global climate summit in Paris was designed to bypass Donald Trump, but the U.S. president ended up playing a starring role. Trump became the unwitting villain as world leaders, investors and other Americans assailed him Tuesday for rejecting the Paris climate accord. To emphasize their point...

Would-be NYC suicide bomber expected to face federal charges

A would-be suicide bomber was held Tuesday on state terrorism charges while federal prosecutors prepared their own case in the rush hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system that failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, officials said. Akayed Ullah, 27, was charged Tuesday with...

Macron's climate summit in Paris finds new money, tech help

World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised Tuesday to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord that U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected. Trump wasn't invited to the...

Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the "Trump miracle" in Washington or allowing "decency" to prevail back home. At the center is Roy Moore — "Judge Moore," to his supporters. The 70-year-old Republican was twice ousted as ...

Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of...

Report: San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee dead at 65

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Mayor Edwin Lee has died. He was 65. The newspaper is citing a statement by the mayor's office that states that Lee passed away Tuesday just after 1 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The statement from the mayor's office said: It is...

Sean Spicer announces book to 'set the record straight' about Trump's campaign, presidency

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is releasing a book in the summer about what his publisher described as his "turbulent tenure" with the Trump administration. The book, titled "The Briefing," will be released on July 23, 2018, through Regnery Publishing, which bills itself as "the...

NATO prolongs chief Stoltenberg's term for 2 more years

NATO is giving Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg two more years at the head of the world's biggest military alliance. NATO said in a statement Tuesday that the 29 NATO nations decided to prolong the former Norwegian prime minister's term until Sept. 30, 2020. It said the allies "congratulate the...

3 women reassert allegations of sexual harassment against Trump, call on Congress to investigate

The #MeToo sexual harassment movement roiling the nation reached the doors of the White House on Monday, when three women who last year accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct began a renewed public push to gain attention for their allegations. The three accusers were among more than...

Alabama Senate race churns into final hours, still too close to call

With the help of two high-profile surrogates, Roy Moore and Doug Jones scrambled Monday to stake their final claims in Alabama’s cliffhanger of a U.S. Senate race. Moore, who largely disappeared from public view after being accused of sexual misconduct, resurfaced for an election eve rally ...

Amid the rush to finish GOP tax bill, a sudden slowdown for second thoughts

The rush to finish the GOP tax overhaul has hit a snag as Republicans grapple with substantial differences between the House and Senate bills, and pause to consider unintended consequences of the most massive rewrite of the tax code in a generation. Lawmakers are eager to pass the ...

Charles Jenkins, American soldier who defected to North Korea, dies at 77

Charles Jenkins, the U.S. Army sergeant who defected to North Korea in 1965 and remained there for almost four decades, has died in Japan at the age of 77. Jenkins had been living on Sado Island, off Japan's west coast, with his wife Hitomi Soga, a Japanese citizen who was abducted by North Korea...

'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in New York subway

A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said. In the end, the only serious ...

Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

For months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the Republican tax plan wouldn't add a penny to the national debt, pledging that more than 100 people in his agency were "working around the clock" to calculate how much additional growth would come from the plan. On Monday, the Treasury...

Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

An official with a company that former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn advised on a proposal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East denied that Flynn communicated with the firm's managing director about the project on Inauguration Day. Thomas B. Cochran, senior scientist at...

GOP lawmaker accuses bipartisan caucus of withholding a potential 'dreamers' compromise

A Republican lawmaker key to ongoing talks over how to resolve the legal status of "dreamers" is accusing leaders of a bipartisan House caucus of withholding details of a bipartisan compromise on immigration policy that could lead to a breakthrough in protracted negotiations of a major spending...

Kim Jong Un controls the weather? North Korea's state-run media says he can do that and more

In rare free moments, when Kim Jong Un isn't calling President Donald Trump a dotard, launching ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan or engaging in general dictatoring, he apparently goes on leisurely mountain hikes and flexes his never-before-reported superpower: controlling the weather. The...

'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities said. In the end, the only serious ...