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Three things to watch in Alabama's Senate election

It's a surreal spectacle to see a Democrat running a viable campaign for U.S. Senate from Alabama. President Trump won more than 62% of the Alabama vote last year, one of his biggest victories in the nation. Both of Alabama's U.S. senators are Republican, and so are six of its seven House ...

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

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 with...

When his wife got a traffic ticket, he tried to fight the system with science. It turned into a battle over free speech

In 2013, Mats JΓ€rlstrΓΆm's wife got a $260 ticket in the mail for running a red light. It wasn't exactly the crime of the century. A camera caught her Volkswagen passing through a Beaverton, Ore., intersection 0.12 second after the light turned from yellow to red. Other people might curse, pay ...

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 bill, President...

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 with...

Suspect in New York bomb attack said to have been inspired by Islamic State's call for Christmas attacks

The suspect in a bomb attack in New York City's transit system Monday told investigators he had been inspired by Islamic State's recent call for attacks in Western cities around the Christmas holidays, a federal law enforcement official said. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah,...

Trump links New York bomb attack to immigration debate

President Trump cited the suspect in the New York subway bombing on Monday as an argument for his crackdown on legal as well as illegal immigration, after the administration said the man entered the country in 2011 on a family immigrant visa. Today's attempted mass murder attack in New York City...

Supreme Court puts off hearing a case on job protections for LGBT employees

The Supreme Court has put off for a year or more a ruling on whether gays and lesbians are protected from job discrimination under the federal civil rights law. The justices without comment or dissent declined to hear a Georgia woman's suit that alleged she was pushed out of her job as a hospital...

Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law

The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. Scalia often spoke of his strong Catholic faith. But he also believed the...

Black voters are key to Democratic hopes in Alabama's Senate race. Will they turn out?

Two minutes into Sunday's invocation, after blessing the sunshine and recent snowfall and its swift melting, the pastor turned to the political contest that has riveted the nation's attention on the Deep South. He asked the Lord to lift up the country, from the White House to City Hall, and asked...

The flow is receding, but Puerto Rican evacuees are still pouring into Florida

Ashley Mendez arrived in Orlando before sunrise Thursday, her eyes red from crying, a single duffel bag holding all her worldly possessions. The 20-year-old already ached for her mother, left behind in Puerto Rico. She made her way through a special welcome center at Orlando International Airport...

'Mr. President, we don't need you in Mississippi.' Protests as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum

President Trump made a brief visit to Mississippi's capital on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum as his presence sparked a boycott by lawmakers, civil rights icons and protesters who questioned his commitment to racial equality. Trump does not care about human rights!...

Mysterious disease wastes South Florida's corals, and scientists are racing to find a cure

A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida's reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life. Called white plague, white blotch and other names,...

'Mr. President, we don't need you in Mississippi.' Protesters gather as Trump speaks at new civil rights museum

President Trump made a brief visit to Mississippi's capital on Saturday to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum as his presence sparked a boycott by lawmakers, civil rights icons and protesters who questioned his commitment to racial equality. Trump does not care about human rights!...

In Alabama Senate race, Republicans fear they may lose even if Roy Moore wins

With more than 48 hours of campaigning still left in Alabama's scandal-shrouded U.S. Senate campaign β€” and the outcome far from clear β€” some Republicans have already conceded defeat. From their perspective, Tuesday will yield one of two unhappy results. Either voters will elect a Democratic ...

Trump turns celebration of Mississippi Civil Rights Museum 'into a slap in the face,' say activists who plan to protest

Four years after it broke ground and nearly two decades after civil rights veterans began pushing for its establishment, the country's first state-sponsored civil rights museum will open Saturday in Mississippi at a cost of more than $90 million. But for all the work that went into it and a ...

In Florida, Trump attacks credibility of Roy Moore accuser as he rallies support for Alabama Senate hopeful

President Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama on Friday by trying to undercut the credibility of a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16. At a campaign rally just over the Alabama state line in Pensacola, Fla., Trump tried to buttress...

Snowmen in Alabama? Sledding in Mississippi? From Texas to Georgia, snow blankets the South

Snow blanketed a vast swath of the Deep South on Friday, triggering a flurry of winter weather warnings that closed businesses and schools, canceled hundreds of flights and caused traffic gridlock. It also unleashed a flurry of snowman construction and sledding in places more accustomed to ...

Trump doubles down on his demand for a border wall

President Trump still wants his wall. Minutes after he signed a stopgap measure to give Congress two more weeks to negotiate a spending deal and avoid a government shutdown, the president renewed his call for lawmakers to fund his signature campaign promise β€” a large physical wall along the ...

Former Arizona police officer acquitted in fatal shooting captured on body camera

The man knelt in the hotel hallway and pleaded with the officers: Please do not shoot me.' It was January 2016 and police in Mesa, Ariz., rushed to a La Quinta Inns & Suites in response to reports of a man pointing a firearm out a window. When Philip Brailsford and five other officers arrived,...

Roy Moore calls accuser a liar after she admits she added notes to his yearbook inscription

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama stepped up his attacks Friday on the integrity of a woman who says that he sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress at a restaurant where he often dined when he was a prosecutor in his 30s. The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, conceded in...

In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Al Franken says he'll resign amid allegations of sexual misdeeds

Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign his Senate seat, falling to a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations like those that have enmeshed other politicians, business leaders and media figures across the country in recent months. Hours later, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, a Republican...

Rep. Devin Nunes cleared of allegations that he disclosed classified information in Russia investigation

The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared Rep. Devin Nunes of allegations that he disclosed classified information related to the House investigation of Russian meddling in last year's election. The committee said in a statement that experts it interviewed determined that the information the...

Congress approves stopgap funding measure, averting government shutdown threat for now

House Republicans approved legislation Thursday to keep the government running β€” something they've rarely been able to do on their own. The Senate followed suit shortly thereafter, ensuring that a weekend shutdown would be averted. Most House Democrats refused to support the stopgap measure, ...

Ex-South Carolina police officer who killed Walter Scott sentenced to 20 years in prison

Michael Slager, the white former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as he fled a traffic stop, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison. In a rare case of a law enforcement officer being imprisoned for an on-duty shooting, U.S. District Judge David...

Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out. It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the ...

FBI Director Christopher Wray defends bureau after Trump calls it 'in tatters'

Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI's reputation was in tatters,' FBI Director Christopher A. Wray staunchly defended the federal law enforcement agency Thursday, telling Congress there is no finer institution.' "We are determined to be the very best at protecting the American...

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children are among goodies in Republican bill

As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings. Here's a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for ...

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children and lawmakers are among goodies in Republican bill

As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings. Here's a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for ...

FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify amid turbulence over Russia investigation

Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI's reputation was in tatters,' the bureau's new director, Christopher A. Wray, will testify before Congress for the first time Thursday. The House Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET. Wray will face questions from...

After years of trying, Pearl Harbor survivors persuade officials to award a medal to the man who saved their lives

The ship was burning and Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner thought they were going to die. Bruner already had been wounded aboard the USS Arizona, taking bullets to a leg. He was bleeding badly. Stratton was burned on his back, face and leg. Part of his ear was missing. Japanese Zeros buzzed ...

U.S. 9th Circuit judges skeptical of Trump's travel ban

Two days after the Supreme Court allowed President Trump to enforce his travel ban, a federal appeals court appeared skeptical that it complied with the law. During a hearing in Seattle before a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawyer for the Trump administration ...

In an election about race, gentrification and party loyalty, Atlanta waits for a recount to determine its next mayor

It was an agonizing choice for Gerald Griggs. As a black man β€” a 39-year-old attorney and community activist β€” he felt the weight of civil rights history here and his loyalty to Democrats pulling him toward the black mayoral candidate, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a city councilwoman and the ...

Sen. Franken to announce plans as a cascade of Democrats demands his resignation over groping allegations

Democratic patience with Sen. Al Franken evaporated Wednesday in the wake of a new accusation of sexual misconduct against him, and in an uprising led by women, more than half of the party's senators demanded he resign β€” a decision that could arrive as soon as Thursday. The cascade of ...

Michael Flynn is said to have promised that Russia sanctions would be 'ripped up'

President Trump's first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, texted a former business associate on Inauguration Day that Obama-era sanctions against Russia would be ripped up' and that a lucrative proposal to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners in the Middle East was good to go,'...

Who really wants Trump to recognize Jerusalem? His evangelical supporters at home

President Trump summed up a central reason for declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel β€” one of the most consequential and globally risky decisions of his presidency β€” in a single statement. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver,' he said ...

Immigration enforcement under Trump: Fewer people caught at border, more arrested in U.S. interior

After 10 months of ramped-up immigration enforcement under President Trump and a sharp surge of arrests across the country, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement promised Tuesday that the agency will become even more aggressive next year. Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, said he...

Atlanta mayoral race ends in a near deadlock, as one candidate demands a recount

In a runoff election that drew into relief questions of race and political party allegiance, a black Democrat held a 759-vote lead over a white independent after the initial vote count early Wednesday to be the next mayor of Atlanta. Keisha Lance Bottoms, an attorney and city councilwoman ...

In Alabama, Bannon decries GOP leaders as Roy Moore battles rival amid molestation allegations

Republican Roy Moore's Democratic rival in Alabama's U.S. Senate race said Tuesday that he worked as a prosecutor to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail' and not to Congress. Democrat Doug Jones' attack came as Moore, who denies accusations that he sexually abused teenage ...

Trump lawyer presses argument for presidential immunity in defamation case

An attorney for President Trump asked a New York state judge Tuesday to set aside a suit brought by a woman who claims Trump groped her a decade ago, saying that a trial in state court would improperly interfere with his duties as chief executive. Judge Jennifer Schecter heard arguments from ...

Supreme Court sounds skeptical of Colorado baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for gay couple

The Supreme Court gave a somewhat skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker's claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, despite a state civil rights law that bans such discrimination. Several justices questioned why a baker's work could be...

The White House press briefing, always a spin zone, is now approaching uselessness

The White House press briefing reached an ignominious milestone this week when a spokesman stood before reporters aboard Air Force One, read a series of prepared statements, then refused to take on-the-record questions during one of the newsiest days of the Trump presidency. The briefing for ...

President Trump's eldest son to face congressional questions on his contacts with Russians, WikiLeaks

After his father was elected president, Donald Trump Jr. said he would turn his attention away from politics and back to running the family business empire. But President Trump's eldest son has been unable to completely turn the page as investigators scrutinize his contacts with Russian ...

Trump administration proposes 3 new national monuments, more changes at existing ones

Eight months after President Trump ordered a review of national monuments, and a day after the president removed 2 million acres of public land from federal protection in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday announced recommendations for much smaller boundary adjustments to monuments...

Rep. John Conyers, most senior member of House, resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment

Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, resigned Tuesday after his support among fellow Democrats collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment by several female employees. Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, in a rambling radio ...

Senate GOP won't follow Trump's lead in backing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore

Senate Republicans are keeping their distance from Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, despite President Trump's recent endorsement, renewed funding from the Republican National Committee and Tuesday's rally featuring former White House advisor Stephen K. Bannon. Moore's campaign...

Supreme Court weighs gay rights and religious liberty in dispute over a wedding cake

The Supreme Court will weigh a clash between gay rights and religious liberty Tuesday and decide whether a Colorado baker can rely on his Christian beliefs and the 1st Amendment as a reason for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Civil rights law in Colorado and 20 other ...

From 'See you in court!' to the Supreme Court: Who's up and down in the history of Trump's travel ban

The Supreme Court said Monday that the Trump administration can fully enforce the travel ban. But judging from past cases over the ban - which courts have knocked down and revived repeatedly - it's decision could be short lived.

Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California

California could be hit with significantly more intense and frequent droughts within 20 to 30 years as weather changes triggered by melting polar ice block rainfall from reaching the state. The finding by federal scientists adds an alarming dimension to the state's challenge to confront warming.

Trump fully endorses Roy Moore after urging from Bannon, amid tight polls in Alabama race

President Trump on Monday fully endorsed Roy Moore, acting to back the Alabama Senate candidate after conversations with his former strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who has advocated Moore's candidacy. Trump's early morning tweets marked his first all-out endorsement of Moore, who has been accused...