GOP leaders finalize biggest tax overhaul in 3 decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans finalized their sweeping tax package Friday, expanding the child tax credit to placate a reluctant GOP senator as they pushed to muscle the bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory.

  • Written by By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON , Associated Press

Black Caucus women: Alabama's Jones should be seated now

ATLANTA (AP) — Female members of the Congressional Black Caucus are asking Republican leaders to let Alabama Democrat Doug Jones join the Senate immediately or delay legislative votes. But the move is unlikely to sway the GOP as it tries to get a tax bill to President Donald Trump's desk.


  • Written by By BILL BARROW, Associated Press

Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe


WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.

  • Written by By CHAD DAY and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press

French death toll rises to 5 children in train-bus crash


PARIS (AP) — French authorities said one more student died Friday after a regional train sliced open a school bus in southern France, raising the overall death toll to five children.