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Sanctions hit aid in N. Korea, groups say

updated: 12/17/2017 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Sanctions aimed at punishing the North Korean regime are hampering the ability of aid groups to operate inside the country, triggering warnings that the international campaign is harming ordinary North Koreans.

Puerto Rico fears tax-plan blow

updated: 12/17/2017 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Three months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, the sweeping federal tax overhaul that Congress plans to vote on as soon as this week will be another blow to the island's economy, the governor says.

The nation in brief

posted: 12/17/2017 3:49 a.m. Discuss

44 aliens in 2 trucks detained at border

TV news shows

posted: 12/17/2017 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Lineup of guests for today’s TV news shows:

Names and faces

posted: 12/17/2017 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Three more women have accused actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, providing detailed allegations of encounters in a recording studio, in a station wagon and in a hotel room decades ago, according to interviews published in Variety.

In the news

updated: 12/17/2017 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Rahul Gandhi, 47 -- whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister of India -- took over from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, as head of the Congress party, which has been the main opposition party since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in 2014.

Tax experts say Trump bill likely to send jobs overseas

posted: 12/17/2017 2:10 a.m. Comments 2

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, Kenny Johnson left the Nelson Global Products plant in Clinton, Tenn., for the last time. Having devoted nearly 13 years to making tractor-trailer exhaust pipes, Johnson, 41, spent some of his final weeks at the plant watching Mexican workers train to take his job.

GOP tweaks tax bill, wins over 2 senators

posted: 12/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 16

Republican lawmakers Friday said they had secured the votes of two high-profile holdouts for their tax overhaul plan, putting them closer to their first significant legislative victory this year.

Trump ratchets up FBI criticism

updated: 12/16/2017 4:05 a.m. Comments 5

President Donald Trump escalated his criticism of the FBI on Friday over its investigation of possible links between Russia and his campaign, adding a new round of his own complaints to a growing conservative effort to discredit the inquiry.

Tillerson says N. Korea must 'earn' way to talks

updated: 12/16/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

America's top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to negotiate with the United States.

Moore seeks funds for voter fraud probe

updated: 12/16/2017 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Four days after losing Alabama's special Senate election, Republican nominee Roy Moore has yet to concede the race to Democrat Doug Jones -- even after President Donald Trump said he should.

9 more women accuse judge of misconduct

posted: 12/16/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Nine more women said a prominent U.S. appeals court judge subjected them to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Arpaio wins case against Flake’s son

posted: 12/16/2017 3:55 a.m. Discuss

An Arizona jury has refused to award damages against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a civil trial for bringing a since-dismissed criminal case against one of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s sons in the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs.

Poor conditions found at jails for immigrants

updated: 12/16/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security has criticized several immigration detention facilities for having spoiled and moldy food and inadequate medical care, and for inappropriate treatment of detainees, such as locking down a detainee for sharing coffee and interfering with Muslims' prayer times.

Trial OK'd in California warehouse fire

posted: 12/16/2017 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday.

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