Nation/World

Explosion reported in Manhattan; New York police say one person in custody

Manhattan Explosion Report-3

A suspect who set off an explosion in the New York City subway was taken into custody after the...

National

Today in History

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2017. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1937, the Chinese city of Nanjing fell to Japanese forces during the Sino-Japanese War; what followed was a massacre of war prisoners, soldiers and...


Business , National

US stocks move higher ahead of expected Fed rate hike

APTOPIX Financial Markets Wall Street

U.S. stocks moved higher in afternoon trading Wednesday, driven by gains in industrial and health care companies. Banks lagged the most. Energy stocks also fell as the price of crude oil headed lower. Smaller company stocks notched some of the biggest gains after the GOP leadership in the House and...


National

Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing

APTOPIX NYC Subway Explosion

NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City’s subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday in the hours before the man was expected to have his first court appearance in the U.S. Akayed...


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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Sexual Misconduct Franken Replacement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election. Smith was widely seen as...


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AP PHOTOS: Chronically homeless seek refuge on LA's Skid Row

Homeless Crisis on the Coast Photo Gallery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people. Each one has a different story about how they ended up in this center of abject poverty, where drugs rule the streets night and day. “It’s miserable quitting, or trying — trying...


National

A tale of two tax bills: how you'd fare from Manhattan to Malibu

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. While Congress irons out the differences between the tax bills proposed by the House and Senate, taxpayers have been living in limbo, and putting year-end tax planning on hold. To see how the tax bills that passed each chamber would affect Americans across a range of incomes...


World

Alabama election result seen as 'miracle' in a Europe horrified by Trump

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BERLIN - Roy Moore’s defeat in the Tuesday special election may have come as a relief to liberal Americans, but in Europe it was taken as a sign that the United States has not totally lost its moral compass. The 2016 election victory of President Donald Trump, who is...


National

Three big questions arise about North Korea and no-precondition talks

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Over the past year, tensions between North Korea and the United States have increased dramatically because of Pyongyang’s frequent weapons tests. With fears of a nuclear conflict growing, outside experts have called for direct talks between the two nations to defuse...


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Firefighters battling historic California blaze report progress, but threat of 'extreme

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Firefighters combating one of the biggest blazes in California history have been making headway, officials said Wednesday, but they warned that with gusty winds forecast, the region still faced the risk of “extreme fire behavior” through Friday. The wildfires burning...


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The Latest: Franken praises Smith; still no date to leave

Sexual Misconduct Franken Replacement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointment of a replacement for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says Tina Smith will be an “excellent” U.S. senator in his place. But Franken still isn’t setting a date when he’ll step down....


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