Trump assails FBI leadership, says he will ‘rebuild’ bureau, doesn’t want to talk about Flynn pardon ‘yet’

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Taking aim at the credibility of the FBI, President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau’s leadership even as he praised state and local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime. Trump denounced the bureau for its handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, calling it “really disgraceful” and continuing his questioning of his country’s intelligence and law enforcement institutions as no president before. “It’s a shame what’s happened with the […]

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Huge tax bill heads for passage as GOP senators fall in line

WASHINGTON — After weeks of quarrels, qualms and then eleventh-hour horse-trading, Republicans revealed their huge national tax rewrite late Friday — along with announcements of support that all but guarantee approval next week in time to give President Donald Trump the Christmas legislative triumph he’s been aching for. The legislation would slash tax rates for big business and lower levies on the richest Americans in a massive $1.5 trillion bill that the GOP plans to muscle through Congress before its year-end […]

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Woman mauled to death by her dogs while taking them for a walk

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. – A 22-year-old woman found dead in a wooded area of Virginia Thursday night after she was mauled to death by her dogs, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said. Bethany Lynn Stephens’ father called 911 Thursday, at about 8:18 p.m., when he went looking for his daughter off Manakin Road in Goochland, where she often walked her dogs. He discovered her dogs in the woods, and he told the sheriff’s office the dogs appeared to be “guarding” Bethany’s […]

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Prosecutors decline to charge rapper Nelly with rape

SEATTLE — Prosecutors in Washington state say they can’t proceed with a rape case against the rapper Nelly because the accuser is not cooperating. The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October in a Seattle suburb. Auburn police arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., in his tour bus at a Walmart. He was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree rape and released. Shortly afterward, the woman said she wanted to stop […]

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Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control. Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction, temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations. The new policy would allow more categories of employers, […]

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Former ‘Today’ staffer reveals alleged affair with Matt Lauer

A former “Today” show staffer has revealed an affair she claims to have had with former host Matt Lauer. Addie Collins Zinone gave a first-person account of the alleged affair to Variety. Zinone, who is now married, said she was 24-years-old when she started working for NBC’s “Today” show following a summer internship. She said Lauer, who was fired last month amid sexual misconduct allegations, began messaging her just a few weeks before she was leaving NBC for a reporting […]

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Rubio a ‘yes’ on GOP tax bill in major boost

WASHINGTON — Republicans have finished writing the final version of their tax bill, clearing the way for a floor vote that leaders say they are optimistic will pass — and at least one key Senate vote has gone from “no” to “yes.” Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican of Florida, is a “yes” on the tax reform bill, per a source close to the senator. In two tweets earlier Friday afternoon, Rubio said, “For far too long, Washington has ignored and […]

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Trump judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions at hearing

WASHINGTON  – A Trump judicial nominee struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him by a Republican senator on Wednesday, including his lack of experience on trial work, the amount of depositions he’d worked on and more. During his testimony, Matthew Spencer Petersen, who currently serves as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, was asked a string of questions by GOP Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana about his experience on trials, including how many depositions Petersen had worked […]

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Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about alleged ‘War on Christmas’ poll finds

Americans are getting a little less religious in their Christmas observance, though the vast majority still celebrate the holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life. Pew regularly polls Americans on religious belief and observance, asking the same questions over time in order to follow trends in American religion. Here are some of the results of their poll of 1,503 Americans: In the 2017 poll, 66 percent believe Jesus was […]

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Couple adopts seven brothers and sisters who were split up in three separate foster homes

MARIANNA, Fla. — A Florida couple just became a family of nine after adopting seven children – all brothers and sisters and all at once! Sofia and Dashoan Olds said they always knew they might adopt some day, according to Today. The Olds said once they saw a news story about the siblings, it just felt right to adopt. “There was no question, if they allow us to adopt these children, we will do it,” said Sofia. “I like to say […]

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