Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that's key to taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.

  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

Sessions defends Comey firing, ties it to Clinton email case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director's abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. But he refused to discuss any private conversations he had with the president leading up to Comey's firing and would not say if he had discussed with the president an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.


  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate


WASHINGTON (AP) — Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine.

  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

Tough housing market awaits California wildfire victims

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — As firefighters gain on wildfires burning in Northern California's wine country, the many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in those fires will have to find a new place to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation.

  • Written by By SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERENCE CHEA , Associated Press

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the U.N. refugee agency.

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  • Written by By DAR YASIN , Associated Press