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Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

updated: 12/12/2017 2:56 p.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat.

NFL Network suspends 3 analysts over sexual misconduct suit

posted: 12/12/2017 11:58 a.m. Comment 1

NEW YORK — Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Crews protect hillside homes as California fire grows

posted: 12/12/2017 11:47 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES — The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds.

Man posed as officer, tried to get discounted coffee, authorities say

posted: 12/12/2017 11 a.m. Discuss

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Police in western New York have charged a man who they say impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get discounted coffee.

After bitter campaign, Alabama special Senate race now in hands of voters

updated: 12/12/2017 2:26 p.m. Comments 2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The bitter Senate race in deeply conservative Alabama went to the voters Tuesday as they chose between an embattled but well-known Republican accused of child molestation and a Democrat who hopes to break the GOP's lock on the state and uphold "decency."

Authorities bring federal charges against accused NYC subway bomber, say he mocked Trump before attack

updated: 12/12/2017 2:44 p.m. Comments 2

NEW YORK — The Bangladeshi immigrant arrested in a botched suicide bombing in the New York subway mocked President Donald Trump on Facebook on his way to carry out the attack, writing "Trump you failed to protect your nation," authorities said Tuesday as they brought federal charges against him.

Democrats say Trump's tweets about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sexist, crude

updated: 12/12/2017 2:15 p.m. Comments 4

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office "begging" for campaign contributions and "do anything" to get them. Democrats accused the president of making crude insinuations.

Bomb blows in NYC subway; immigrant inspired by ISIS Christmas attacks, officials say

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

NEW YORK -- A man inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set off the device during rush hour Monday in New York City, authorities said.

In Alabama, Senate contest enters final hours

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The two candidates for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama made their final push Monday, with Republican Roy Moore casting himself as the victim of unjust allegations and Democrat Doug Jones declaring the race a referendum on "who we are and what we're going to tell our daughters."

Military will let in transgender recruits; Trump ban suffers a new hit

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered another legal setback.

Women restate Trump charges; accusers urge investigation

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Several women who came forward during the 2016 campaign to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct renewed their allegations publicly Monday, hoping that recently aggressive attitudes against harassment will give their stories new life and demanding that Congress investigate the president's actions.

Man who misused Trump's Social Security number in bid to access tax data enters guilty plea

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana private investigator pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing President Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president’s federal tax information before his election last year.

October job openings slip, but hiring rises

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers posted slightly fewer job openings in October than the previous month, but the number of people being hired improved.

Judge scolds Manafort for op-ed

updated: 12/12/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Monday warned President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman against trying his case in the press, scolding him for helping draft an opinion piece published in Ukraine.

Ash falls across Southern California

updated: 12/12/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Ash fell like snow, and heavy smoke left residents gasping for air Monday as a Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth-largest in state history.

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