Republicans push more than $600B in tax cuts through House


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans whipped more than $600 billion in compromise tax breaks for businesses, investors and families through the House on Thursday, as Congress tried capping 2015 with a flurry of accomplishments before the partisan collisions certain to dominate the coming election year.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Fed rate rise welcomed in stock markets around the world


LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets surged Thursday as the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade ended a period of uncertainty that had been roiling investors for the past few months. The Fed's signal that rate rises over the coming months will be gradual also helped soothe concerns.


Officer's mistrial in Gray's death a letdown for both sides

BALTIMORE (AP) — As jurors deliberated the fate of one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore braced for a possible repeat of the protests, destruction and dismay that engulfed the city in April, when Gray died of a broken neck in the back of a police van. But instead of a dramatic conclusion, there was confusion.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

Putin says Russia's ready to improve ties with the US

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is ready to improve ties with the United States and work with whomever is elected its next president, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. He said his talks with U.S. Secretary John Kerry earlier this week showed that Washington is ready to "move toward settling the issues that can only be settled through joint efforts."

  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press