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December 14, 2017 - 12:21 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is recommending reducing the commercial fishing quota for butterfish by more than 40 percent in the coming year. Butterfish are small fish that are used for food and bait. They're caught along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
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FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo, shows the entrance to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) building in Washington. "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, unveiled a plan to undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
December 14, 2017 - 12:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama embraces Scarlett Lewis, mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, after speaking at in Hartford, Conn. Her Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement has developed its own social-emotional learning curriculum being used on a pilot basis in four schools in Connecticut, Hawaii, Arkansas and New Mexico. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 14, 2017 - 12:10 am
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Out of a senseless tragedy, they have sought ways to find meaning in advocacy. Many relatives of the 26 children and educators killed five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School have dedicated themselves to charity, activism and other efforts to channel their grief and, in...
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From left, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, and other tax conferees gather to work on the sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Democrats are objecting to the bill and are asking that a final vote be delayed until Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama is seated. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2017 - 12:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The IRS says taxpayers could begin seeing less money withheld from their paychecks "as early as February" if Congress passes a Republican tax overhaul plan this month. The agency says in a statement released...
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December 14, 2017 - 12:00 am
UN Syria envoy urges Putin to have 'courage' to push Assad Aid group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes Suicide bomber kills 17 at Somalia police academy South Korean...
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December 14, 2017 - 12:00 am
Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off. In 2010, Amazon opened a headquarters in the little-known South Lake Union district — and then expanded eight-fold over...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:50 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Republican Roy Moore refusing to concede defeat in Alabama U.S. Senate race (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Alabama Republican Roy Moore says he is waiting for the "final count" in the Alabama race for U.S. Senate. Moore in a Wednesday video released by his...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:30 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank responded to the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate increase by nudging up a key policy rate Thursday on lending to commercial banks but left the benchmark rate for borrowing by companies and the public unchanged. The People's Bank of China said it was...
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In this Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, photo, a man walks by demolished buildings following a citywide fire safety campaign after a deadly fire which killed dozen of people in an apartment block at Xinjiancun in Daxing district in Beijing. (AP Photo/Gerry Shih)
December 13, 2017 - 11:18 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Five people died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor. Local media reported that the residents of Chaoyang district died before dawn Wednesday after electric bike...
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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 13, 2017 - 11:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The People's Bank of China says it is responding to market forces by raising the rate charged by its one-year lending facility by 0.05 percentage points to 3.25 percent. Rates paid on bank...
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