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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 8

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.

Puerto Rico help assessed by U.N.

posted: 12/12/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A United Nations expert on poverty and human rights met Monday with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico as complaints grow about the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Maria.

Deal over dreamers said being withheld

posted: 12/12/2017 3:20 a.m. Comment 1

A Republican lawmaker on Monday accused leaders of a bipartisan House caucus of withholding details of a compromise on immigration policy that could lead to a breakthrough in protracted negotiations on a major spending bill.

Care enrollment deadline looms

posted: 12/12/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Friday is the last day to enroll for subsidized private coverage in the 39 states served by federal health insurance exchanges, and consumer interest has remained brisk.

Treasury releases 1-page tax analysis

posted: 12/12/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Treasury Department produced a one-page document Monday that it described as an "analysis of growth and revenue estimates" based on the Senate tax bill, but economists quickly dismissed the document a political statement, not a rigorous economic study.

Watchdog urges loan pardons' resumption for defrauded pupils

posted: 12/12/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- A government watchdog on Monday urged the Education Department to resume the process of forgiving student loans for tens of thousands of Americans who were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

The nation in brief

updated: 12/12/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Trump order refocuses space program

Arkansan, civil-rights reporter Roy Reed dies

posted: 12/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

One of Arkansas' foremost journalists died Sunday night.

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