Senate bill to delay corporate tax cut, undo local deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans prepared to unveil sweeping tax legislation Thursday that would delay a corporate tax cut for one year despite strident opposition from some Republicans and the White House. The emerging bill would leave the mortgage interest deduction untouched for homeowners in a concession to the powerful real estate lobby but ignore a House compromise on the hot-button issue of state and local tax deductions.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR and MARCY GORDON , Associated Press

Senate confirms Trump EPA nominee with oil industry ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate narrowly confirmed a lawyer for the petrochemical industry on Thursday to a key post at the Environmental Protection Agency to oversee air pollution regulations affecting his former clients.

  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

Applications for US unemployment benefits edge up by 10,000


WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 last week. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that the job market remains healthy.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

'Obamacare' sign-ups top 600k in first week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump's efforts to take down "Obamacare," more than 600,000 people signed up for coverage the first week of open enrollment, the government said Thursday.


  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

CMA Awards highlighted by political, emotional moments


The 2017 Country Music Association Awards marked one of its most political and emotional shows in years, as the night offered powerful moments focused on unifying as a country during a year dominated by gun violence, divisive politics and natural disasters.


  • Written by By MESFIN FEKADU , AP Music Writer