Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump's tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. 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.


  • Written by By RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible.

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Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

ISTANBUL (AP) — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

  • Written by By KARIN LAUB and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY , Associated Press

Fed boosts benchmark rate for third time this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

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  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer