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    Alaska lawmaker refuses to resign amid misconduct claims

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of the state Democratic Party. State Rep. Dean Westlake, who is recovering from heart surgery, said […]
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    Things to know about Alabama’s new US senator, Doug Jones

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state’s new U.S. senator. Here are some facts about Jones: CLOSE TO HOME Jones, 63, grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, […]
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    Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump and narrow the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two seats. The state’s former U.S. attorney beat Roy Moore, a former […]
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    FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an ‘idiot’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign described him with insults like “idiot” and “loathsome human” in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday. One of the officials said in an election night […]
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    US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

    BOSTON (AP) — All comic book heroes need a sequel — even U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat was the focus last year of a 22-page comic titled “Female Force: Elizabeth Warren,” which told the story of Warren’s rise from Oklahoma schoolgirl to U.S. senator and champion of the liberal wing of the Democratic […]
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    Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker’s conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students. U.S. District Judge Thomas […]
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    Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 his boss, President Donald […]
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    Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Franken is the Senate’s dead man walking, still doing his day job despite his soon-to-be-gone status. The two-term Minnesota lawmaker told a somber Senate last Thursday he would resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and in the face of vanishing support from fellow Democrats. Franken was back at work this […]
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    Councilman charged with making obscene phone call to boy

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city councilman has been charged with making an obscene phone call to a 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter. The Newport Daily News reports Newport Councilman John Florez said after his arrest Monday he plans to fight the charge. Florez says the boy […]
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    House and Senate tax bills treat disaster victims unequally

    If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida who’ve yet to account for all their losses could deduct them on their 2018 taxes. Not so for victims of the California wildfires. If the Senate version prevailed, victims of all federally declared disasters — a category that cover victims […]