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    The Latest: Canadian ex-hostage says extremists killed child

    TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on the U.S.-Canadian family rescued from captivity (all times EDT): 11:35 p.m. Canadian ex-hostage Joshua Boyle says the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter in captivity and raped his wife. Boyle gave a statement after landing in Canada late Friday with his American wife and three young children. […]
  • AP

    Twitter turns over ‘handles’ of 201 Russia-linked accounts

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names, or “handles,” of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 presidential election. The company has stepped up its efforts to cooperate with investigators after it was criticized for not taking congressional probes seriously enough. The handover occurred […]
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    Lawyer: Priebus interviewed by Mueller investigative team

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was interviewed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators as part of an ongoing investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, his attorney said. “He was happy to answer all of their questions,” the lawyer, William Burck, said in […]
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    Analysis: Trump applies chaos strategy to health care, Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable or unwilling to completely erase his predecessor’s signature initiatives, President Donald Trump this week turned to another approach: wreaking havoc. Trump’s back-to-back body blows against President Barack Obama’s health care law and nuclear agreement with Iran demonstrated the president’s embrace of turmoil as strategy. In both cases, he plunged a pair […]
  • Lifestyle

    Key questions and answers about Trump’s health care move

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s move to stop paying a major “Obamacare” subsidy will raise costs for many consumers who buy their own health insurance, and make an already complicated system more challenging for just about everybody. Experts say the consequences will vary depending on how much money you earn, the state you live […]
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    Mattis urging Iraqi, Kurdish forces to avoid conflict

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday urged Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to focus on defeating the Islamic State group and not fight each other, as tensions spiked in the disputed region around Kirkuk. “Everybody stay focused on defeating ISIS,” Mattis said, using an alternate acronym for IS. “We can’t turn on […]
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    Old letter on apartheid resurfaces amid scrutiny of Kobach

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A decades-old letter Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wrote denouncing apartheid in South Africa but arguing against U.S. companies pulling out has resurfaced as he runs for governor and helps lead a presidential commission on election fraud. Questions about Kobach’s past views on racial segregation in South Africa arose in […]
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    Hostage release not a cure for long-damaged US-Pakistan ties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Pakistan are hailing the release of a Taliban-held U.S.-Canadian family as a cautious sign of improved ties for a deeply troubled relationship that has endured years of rancor. For the good will to last, Pakistan will need to convince a skeptical Washington that it has cut ties to […]
  • World

    US House speaker vows to secure money needed by Puerto Rico

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to help Puerto Rico secure the money it needs to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria after touring the disaster zone Friday and seeing what he called the “dire conditions” facing many across the island. Ryan toured the island in a helicopter at […]
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    AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s statements on Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a questionable reading of Iran’s past economic condition Friday when he blamed the Obama administration for lifting sanctions just as Iran’s government was facing “total collapse.” A look at some of his points in remarks Friday that denounced Iran’s behavior but stopped short of fulfilling his campaign promise […]
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    Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser. The White House on Thursday announced the selection of Kathleen Hartnett White of Texas to serve as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. White served under former Texas […]
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    Under pressure from Congress, IRS suspends Equifax contract

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS suspended a $7.25 million contract with the credit reporting company Equifax Friday after members of Congress complained the tax agency had awarded a no-bid contract to a company that recently had a massive data beach. The IRS had contracted with Equifax to validate the identity of taxpayers communicating with the […]
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    The Latest: Trump says people using ‘Merry Christmas’ again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s speech to the Values Voters (all times local): 10:50 a.m. President Donald Trump reviewed his accomplishments this year in a speech to social conservatives. Trump told the annual Values Voter summit in Washington he’s followed through on promise after promise since taking office. Trump mentioned his […]
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    Trump to promote tax plan in address to conservatives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to promote his first-year accomplishments and argue for his tax plan to conservatives on Friday. Trump is addressing the annual Values Voter summit in Washington. The event is sponsored by the Family Research Council. The president’s speech follows his decision to halt federal subsidies to health insurers under […]
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    The Latest: Social Security benefits to rise 2 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Social Security’s cost-of-living increase (all times local): 8:52 a.m. Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year. It’s the largest increase since 2012, but comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The Social Security Administration announced […]
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