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From today, December 18, 2017
- Electricity Restored to Atlanta International Airport
The concourses and essential services have power again, hours after a blackout led to hundreds of flight cancellations during one of the most hectic travel periods of the year.
- A Home Buyer's Nightmare: Moving to a Flood Zone Without Knowing It
Hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico this fall underscored the risks of flooding, and the lengthy and costly process of rebuilding, But no federal law requires home sellers to disclose if their properties previously have been flooded.
- Voters Increasingly Favor Democrats for Congress, New Poll Shows
Asked which party they prefer to lead Congress after next year?s midterms, 50% said the Democrats and 39% said Republicans, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that offers caution signs for the Republican Party.
- Prosecutors Treat Opioid Overdoses as Homicides, Snagging Friends, Relatives
As U.S. drug deaths hit record levels, prosecutors and police are trying a tactic that echoes tough-on-crime theories of the 1990s: charging dealers and even friends or relatives who enabled the addict?s habit.
- Deduction Rollback Hurts High-Tax States, But Exodus Isn't Assured
A key provision in the Republican tax plan could dim the appeal of living in high-tax states like New York in favor of low-tax states like Florida. But research on the subject suggests high-tax regions won?t see a sudden or mass exodus.
- Federal Agents Provoked Nevada Rancher Standoff, Memo Says
Federal agents provoked a showdown with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy that might have turned deadly, according to a former government investigator assigned to examine the 2014 armed standoff.
- Women Wonder If Washington Will Finally Learn Its Lesson
The U.S. capital has been grappling with sexual misconduct for decades. Although it learned some lessons from the Anita Hill episode a quarter-century ago, they didn?t stick. But now women are stepping forward like never before.
- Sen. John McCain Returns Home to Arizona
Sen. John McCain, who has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, has returned to Arizona and will likely miss a tax vote in the Senate this week, President Donald Trump said.
- GOP Tax Bill Would Set Up Years of Challenges
The GOP?s historic tax overhaul might usher in a new period of instability in the tax code, because the plan is advancing without bipartisan support and with expiration dates that guarantee it will be revisited for years.
- Congress Faces Crunch Time on Spending, Immigration
Congress begins its likely final week of 2017 with lawmakers from both parties forced to grapple with tough questions they have deferred all year, including immigration and the federal budget.
- Mueller Probe Faces New Challenges
A lawyer for the Trump transition team said Robert Mueller?s investigators improperly reviewed some emails from transition officials, an allegation that comes amid charges of bias by the special counsel?s probe.
- Putin Thanks Trump for Intelligence About Planned Terror Attack
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone for intelligence that the Kremlin said had helped prevent a series of terrorist bombings in St. Petersburg.
- Mnuchin Defends GOP Tax Bill, Predicts Swift Passage
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he has ?no doubt? that the GOP will pass its tax bill this week as he and congressional Republicans defended the plan from criticism.
- In Alabama, a Tale of Two Turnouts
A highly motivated Democratic voting bloc lifted Doug Jones to victory over Roy Moore.
- Mom, Son Strive To Build a Life in New York
Jessica Torres and her 5-year-old son arrived in New York after Hurricane Maria struck their native Puerto Rico in September, leaving them with little more than the clothes on their backs. They are struggling, but are grateful for family and opportunities.
- New York State Revising Private Schools Guidelines
New York officials are revising the state?s guidelines for instruction at private K-12 schools, sparking concern among some religious and independent school leaders about possible government overreach.