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GOP's tax plan stirs misgivings among senators

Critics cite disparities, rider to repeal health law portion

Subscriber onlyA key Senate Republican said Wednesday that he would not support the emerging GOP tax plan and another expressed reservations about the bill, as party leaders aim to use a slim Senate majority to pass an overhaul of the U.S. tax code. Continue reading...

Rare painting by da Vinci sells for $450M at auction

Subscriber only A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450 million at auction Wednesday, obliterating previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. Continue reading...

In sanctuary case, judge sides with Philadelphia

Subscriber onlyA federal judge on Wednesday blocked the U.S. government from withholding a grant that pays for public safety equipment because Philadelphia is a so-called sanctuary city. Continue reading...

Vegas concertgoers sue over shooting

Subscriber onlyLegal action after the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert picked up Wednesday with lawsuits filed on behalf of 14 concertgoers, including some who were shot or injured trying to escape and one woman who said she is so traumatized that she has since mistaken the sound of rain for gunshots. Continue reading...

Florida schools see influx of kids from Puerto Rico

Subscriber onlyTen-year-old Anthony Valencia said that after Hurricane Maria destroyed his home in Puerto Rico, he played video games for a month until he was sick of them. Now his smile stretches wide when he talks about going back to school -- on the U.S. mainland. Continue reading...

Senate hopeful's campaign digs in

Moore attorney questions credibility of sex-assault accuser

Subscriber onlyThe campaign of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, on Wednesday sharply questioned the credibility of a woman who accused Moore of assaulting her in 1977. Continue reading...

California shooter's wife found dead

After neighbor stabbed, man was barred from possessing guns, records show

Subscriber onlyThe wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside the couple's home, authorities announced Wednesday, raising the death toll from the attack to five. Continue reading...

China sending diplomat to N. Korea

Envoy is expected to pressure Kim to curb nuke program, resume talks

Subscriber onlyChina will send a high-level diplomat to North Korea for the first time in two years, China's state-run news agency said Wednesday, in a move that comes days after President Donald Trump's visit and analysts expect will resume pressure on the North to curb its nuclear arms program. Continue reading...

Tillerson talks of Burma unease

He warns of U.S. sanctions for people guilty of atrocities

Subscriber onlySecretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned about "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Burma's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Continue reading...

Tighter rules on China media urged

Panel wants all staff of Beijing-funded outlets in U.S. to register as foreign agents

Subscriber onlyAll staff of Chinese state-run media outlets in the United States should be required to register with the government as foreign agents, as they may be supporting Chinese intelligence gathering and "information warfare," congressional advisers said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Trump says China agrees N. Korea nukes must go

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. and China agree that North Korea cannot just freeze its nuclear weapons program in exchange for concessions and that it must eliminate its arsenal. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyPsychiatric hospital escapee arrested Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyCountry music star Blake Shelton is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2017, but it took some convincing by his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, to get him on board. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyPope Francis, after he was handed the keys to a $217,000 Lamborghini, decided to sell the sports car at auction with the proceeds going to charities, including one helping to rebuild Christian communities in Iraq devastated by the Islamic State group. Continue reading...

GOP senators giving tax bill a health rider

Insurance mandate repeal touted as middle-class relief

Subscriber onlySenate Republican leaders are adding a provision to their tax bill that would undermine the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as they now try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation. Continue reading...