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House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., arrives at the House Ways and Means Committee room to work with Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, on the GOP tax bill conferee report, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 15, 2017 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican tax overhaul legislation (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts the most unpopular "Obamacare" provision, its requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance or face fines. Politically, the...
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In this Dec. 6, 2017, photo, Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view on Dec. 15, that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East. Although they said the ultimate borders of the holy city must be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the officials, speaking ahead of Pence's trip to the region, essentially ruled out any scenario that didn't maintain Israeli control over the holiest ground in Judaism. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 15, 2017 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Trump administration officials outlined their view Friday that Jerusalem's Western Wall ultimately will be declared a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East. Although they said the ultimate borders of...
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The casket of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is carried into City Hall on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. Lee died early Tuesday after collapsing at a grocery store, leaving the city reeling from shock and dealing with the logistics of selecting a new leader. (Santiago Mejia/The San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool)
December 15, 2017 - 2:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government workers, local celebrities and residents who didn't know him personally streamed past the body of the late Mayor Ed Lee to say goodbye to San Francisco's leader of seven years. His body lay in repose in a closed casket draped with the American flag, behind velvet...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to a question during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russia. Russian lawmakers on Friday, Dec, 15 set the presidential election for March 18, a move that formally sets in motion campaigning for a race that Putin is all but certain to win. Voter apathy is the main challenge for Putin’s strategists, who want to make his result as strong as ever to prove that public support for the Russian leader hasn’t withered 18 years after his first election. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
December 15, 2017 - 12:40 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's presidential election campaign formally lasts only three months, and President Vladimir Putin wants to make it as short as possible. With Putin's approval rating topping 80 percent, there is little doubt about the outcome of the March 18 vote. Instead, voter apathy represents...
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December 14, 2017 - 11:03 pm
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the shooting of a farmer who accused him of applying herbicide to crops that the farmer said drifted onto nearby land and damaged plants. A Mississippi County Circuit Court jury late Thursday convicted Allan Curtis Jones...
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Oakland Raiders president Marc Badain speaks during a Las Vegas Stadium Authority meeting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Stadium Authority, responsible for the under-construction Raiders stadium in Las Vegas meet to discuss any progress in an agreement that will dictate how the NFL team and the football team of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will share the facility.(Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 9:39 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The public entity that oversees the Oakland Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas on Thursday gave its blessing to a plan that by law the team had to come up with to ensure the greatest possible participation by the local community in the design, construction and operation of the...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2007 file photo, Dr. Donald Cline, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertilty specialist, speaks at a new conference in Indianapolis. Cline, a retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is set to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.. Cline is scheduled to appear in a Marion County court (Kelly Wilkinson,/The Indianapolis Star via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 4:31 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on an Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Some former patients of an Indianapolis fertility doctor are angry over what they believe is a light sentence after he inseminated patients with his...
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FILE -- In this Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 file photo, South African President Jacob Zuma, attends the declaration announcement of the municipal elections in Pretoria, South Africa. As the African National Congress meets this weekend to choose a successor to scandal-ridden Zuma, the race between his deputy and ex-wife threatens to split Nelson Mandela's legacy. (AP Photo/Herman Verwey, File)
December 14, 2017 - 7:54 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The stakes for Africa's oldest liberation movement have rarely been higher. As thousands of delegates from the ruling African National Congress party meet this weekend to choose a successor to scandal-ridden President Jacob Zuma, the race between his deputy and ex-wife threatens...
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In this Oct. 12, 2017 photo, a homeless man rests on a sidewalk under the Smith Ave. Bridge in Everett, Wash., which is a constant gathering place for homeless people battling addiction and mental illness. The city of Everett has tried to identify and work with the top chronic and costliest users of emergency and other services in Everett, but despite the efforts of a specialized team of experts, many remain on the streets. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 13, 2017 - 4:28 pm
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless. It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships with men and women struggling with addiction or untreated mental illness, prodding them to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee listens to questions during a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Lee died early Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. He was 65. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 12, 2017 - 7:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery...
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