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Supporters stand outside encouraging for people to vote after Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones spoke at a campaign rally Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
December 11, 2017 - 6:32 am
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PUTIN MAKES SURPRISE STOP IN SYRIA EN ROUTE TO CAIRO The Russian president visits a Russian military air base in Latakia and announces a partial pullout of his forces from the country. 2...
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In this Sept. 26, 2016, photo, a Tibetan bitcoin miner poses with his shelves of bitcoin mining computers at a bitcoin mine built beside a hydropower station in a remote valley of Aba prefecture in southwestern China's Sichuan province. The launch of a U.S. futures contract for bitcoin on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, underscores the virtual currency's increasing mainstream acceptance, including in many parts of Asia, where it already has a wide following among speculators and investors .(Chinatopix via AP)
December 11, 2017 - 4:14 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The weekend launch of a U.S. futures contract for bitcoin reflects widespread acceptance of the virtual currency, especially among investors in Asia, though regulators are wary. Japan and South Korea are among the world's top five markets for bitcoin trading, according to sites...
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President Donald Trump steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 11, 2017 - 4:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress. Republicans are determined to deliver the first revamp of the nation's tax code in three decades and prove they can govern after their failure to dismantle Barack Obama's health...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, the Healthcare.gov website is seen on a laptop computer, in Washington. The Trump administration came in looking to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law, but the Affordable Care Act survived. Now the administration is on the line to deliver a smooth finale to sign-up season, with a crush of customers expected this week. Friday, Dec. 15 is the last day for procrastinators to enroll for subsidized private coverage in 39 states served by HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 11, 2017 - 3:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came into office looking to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law, but the Affordable Care Act survived. Now the administration is on the hook to deliver a smooth ending to sign-up season, with a crush of customers expected this week. For millions of...
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People search lists for their voting station outside a polling center during mayoral elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Venezuelans will choose hundreds of mayors on Sunday in elections pitting candidates backed by President Nicolas Maduro against a fractured opposition still bruised by a poor showing in recent gubernatorial voting.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
December 11, 2017 - 12:01 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country, and President Nicolas Maduro is now threatening to ban key opposition parties from future elections in the oil-rich country wracked by economic crisis. Hundreds of supporters shouted "...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
December 10, 2017 - 4:22 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Sunday to gloss over the difficult work ahead for lawmakers laboring to finalize tax cut legislation he can sign by his self-imposed Christmas deadline. Trump tweeted about the pending bill before he went to his golf club in West Palm Beach...
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The British and EU flags flap in the wind outside EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May, met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk early Friday morning following crucial overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 10, 2017 - 12:04 pm
LONDON (AP) — The likelihood of Britain leaving the European Union without a future trade deal has "dropped dramatically" now that the two sides have reached a preliminary agreement on their divorce terms, the country's Brexit secretary said Sunday. The deal hammered out by Prime Minister Theresa...
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This photo provided by Affirm shows PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. Levchin thinks the pace of innovation is progressing well, considering the banking industry is the most regulated this side of health care. But he considers the speculation around bitcoin to be “the elephant in the room.” He also thinks massive computer hacking attacks are threatening to reduce society’s trust in technology. (Affirm via AP)
December 10, 2017 - 12:01 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PayPal co-founder Max Levchin thinks the pace of innovation in digital payments is progressing well, considering the banking industry is the most regulated this side of health care. But he considers the speculation around bitcoin to be "the elephant in the room" because of the...
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In this Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, photo, Stephanie and Lance Schmidt pose for a photo with their children, from left, Stella, Solomon and Theo, at their home in Oklahoma City. The Schmidt's have opted for a cost-sharing ministry this year after they realized their monthly insurance bill would have more than doubled to over $1,200 and stuck them with an $8,000 deductible for their family of five. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
December 10, 2017 - 10:10 am
Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options. The cheapest individual coverage available in her market would eat up nearly a quarter of the income her husband brings home from the oilfields. The Bryson, Texas, couple makes too much to qualify for...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton hits a home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Miami. A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins are working on a trade that would send slugger Giancarlo Stanton to New York and infielder Starlin Castro to Miami. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, because no agreement has been completed. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
December 09, 2017 - 6:12 pm
MIAMI (AP) — After helping the New York Yankees to five World Series titles, Derek Jeter might help them win another. The Yankees and Jeter's Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to New York, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said...
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