December 7, 2017

The Latest: Senate approves bill to avert shutdown

The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local):
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December 7, 2017

Al Franken's rise and fall

Once a star of "Saturday Night Live," Al Franken took his liberal politics to Washington in 2008 when he narrowly won a Minnesota Senate seat. He said he would resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.
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December 7, 2017
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a House Judiciary heari...

FBI director defends his agency against Trump's attacks

Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and declared, "There is no finer institution."
December 7, 2017

Frontier pilots demonstrate in Denver amid pay fight

Frontier Airlines pilots picketed in downtown Denver Thursday in a bid for public support in their long running fight with the Denver-based discount carrier to replace their bankruptcy contract.
December 7, 2017

Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets

Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They're selling well.
December 7, 2017

Bitcoin soars then falls back; banks raise risk concerns

The price of bitcoin swung wildly Thursday, rising to more than $19,000 only to fall sharply within minutes, as both the euphoria and anxiety surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before trading in bitcoin futures begins on a major U.S. exchange.
December 7, 2017

The Latest: Bosnian war crime suspect eager for deportation

The Latest on an Ohio man accused of lying about his role in Bosnian war crimes (all times local):
December 7, 2017

Alabama irony: Democrats are the elephants in the room

Some high-profile Democrats are flying into Alabama this weekend to encourage people to send Doug Jones to the Senate.His campaign wants it known that he…
December 7, 2017

EPA chief defends spending on travel and soundproof booth

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday defended his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his purchase of a custom soundproof communications booth for his office, saying both were justified.
December 7, 2017

Feds: Ex-police chief lied about hate crime assault

A white former police chief charged with a hate crime in New Jersey for smashing a handcuffed black man's head into a doorjamb has now been accused of lying to federal authorities about the encounter.
December 7, 2017

US fails to enforce smog rules, 14 states allege in lawsuit

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce smog standards.
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December 7, 2017

White House says Trump's slurred words were result of a dry throat

President Donald Trump has scheduled a physical health exam for early next year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will share the results…
December 7, 2017

New Mexico brothers questioned in Texas border agent's death

The FBI questioned two brothers from New Mexico in the death of a border patrol agent in Texas, according to federal court documents that have been sealed.
December 7, 2017

Franken's exit hands Dems another 2018 electoral headache

Sen. Al Franken's announcement Thursday that he will resign sets off a scramble toward a special election in 2018 to finish the Minnesota Democrat's term, with former governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty seen as a top possibility for Republicans to cash in an unforeseen pickup chance.
December 7, 2017

Key Republicans oppose effort to reduce corporate tax cut

Key Republican lawmakers oppose efforts to scale back a proposed cut in the corporate income tax rate to pay for other tax breaks, complicating efforts to appease Republicans from high-tax states.
December 7, 2017

Man killed by Wyoming police identified as sex crime suspect

A man shot to death by Wyoming police after he fired a rifle at them has been identified as a 49-year-old former Laramie therapist accused of sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a child and other charges.
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December 7, 2017

Replay: Sen. Franken announces resignation

From the Senate floor Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation but promised to fight alongside his constituency.
December 7, 2017

Trump signs proclamation for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

President Donald Trump kibitzed with World War II veterans at the White House on Thursday as he signed a proclamation declaring it National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
December 7, 2017

The Latest: Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million

The Latest on the sentencing hearing for a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey (all times local):
December 7, 2017

Al Franken joins long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota announced on Thursday that he will resign in the face of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He joins a long list of lawmakers ousted by scandal.