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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

NEW YORK Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology More...

Kentucky lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

FRANKFORT, Ky. Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide Wednesday night, the county coroner said. More...

Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in GOP tax accord

WASHINGTON Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. More...

Minnesota’s next senator: Quiet organizer came late to power

ST. PAUL, Minn The woman who will be Minnesota’s next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago. More...

Group: At least 6,700 Rohingya killed

BANGKOK   International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces.  More...

Putin: US hurts itself with Trump collusion case

Allegations of collusion between U.S. More...

PBS suspends distribution of Smiley show for misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley’s talk show after an independent investigation uncovered “multiple, credible allegations” of misconduct by its host.  More...

Royals join bereaved families in London tower fire memorial

LONDON ( AP) — Britain’s royals have joined survivors and families of those who died in London’s Grenfell Tower fire for a memorial service to remember the 71 people killed in the June blaze.  More...

In Alabama, an unusual alliance yields a Democratic upset

MONTGOMERY, Alabama   Democrat Doug Jones assembled an unusual Deep South alliance to claim a Senate seat Tuesday in Republican dominated Alabama, combining strong turnout among African-Americans and white liberals with enough crossover support More...

Sen. Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump’s fiery tweet

WASHINGTON Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she’d begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” for them. More...

Bruce Brown, whose ‘Endless Summer’ redefined surfing, dies

LOS ANGELES   Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary “The Endless Summer” molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. More...

Days of toil bring gains over California fire

LOS ANGELES Firefighters finally eked out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in California history. More...

Would-be suicide bomber in NYC faces hearing

NEW YORK In less than 24 hours, authorities say a would-be suicide bomber’s botched attack on a Manhattan transportation hub underneath Times Square became an open-and-shut case after a search of his apartment and hearing the suspect’s o More...

Palestinian president says no role for US in peace process

ISTANBUL   Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Arab and Islamic leaders on Wednesday that the United States is no longer fit to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and should be replaced as mediator by the United Nations, outlining a s More...

Strong reactions to upcoming Spencer talk

CINCINNATI   The decision to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at the University of Cincinnati is generating strong reactions from the school community.  The university announced in October that it would allow Spencer to spea More...

Ex-U.S. deserter to NKorea who married Japan abductee dies

TOKYO   Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea who married a Japanese abductee and lived in Japan after their release, has died. More...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

WASHINGTON   Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said, as President Donald Trump’s ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks.  More...

Heightened security in NYC after bomb blast

Commuters return to subway

NEW YORK A would-be suicide bomber’s rush-hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, authorities said, but it gave new fuel to President Donald Trump’s push to limit immigration. More...

Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy’s heart surgery.  Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with Congress More...

Turbulent Alabama race now in voters’ hands

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.   Depending on who is making the case, Alabama’s special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allowing “decency” to prevail back home.  More...