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Sen. John McCain returning home to Arizona, likely will miss tax vote

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona after being hospitalized for a viral infection while battling brain cancer and will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package, his office said Sunday. The 81-year-old senator will undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in the stat [...]

Kremlin: Vladimir Putin thanked President Donald Trump for CIA tip on bombings

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders’ second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA information. The Kremlin s [...]

Lack of transparency clouds Texas spending after Harvey

FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas has been awarded billions in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed, but it’s unclear how the state is spending its share of the money. State records don’t indicate which contracts are storm-related, making fund tracking – and spending accountability – [...]

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

QUETTA, Pakistan – Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country’s Islamic State group affiliate. Hundreds of worshippers were attending services ahead of Christmas when the bombers appeared i [...]

Why GOP tax plan could mean cuts in state and local services

WASHINGTON – It’s a tax provision that could prove costly for schools, police forces, drug treatment centers and other state and local public services. The sweeping tax overhaul embraced by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers would impose a $10,000 limit on the combined sum of property and state and local income taxes [...]