GOP shoves tax overhaul ahead; shutdown still a threat


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans held together and shoved their signature tax overhaul a crucial step ahead Tuesday as wavering GOP senators showed a growing openness. But its fate remained uncertain, and a planned White House summit aimed at averting a government shutdown was derailed when President Donald Trump savaged top Democrats and declared on Twitter, "I don't see a deal!"

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press

What's new, and what's ahead, after North Korea's ICBM test


TOKYO (AP) — Experts may debate trajectories, payload weights and re-entry shields, but North Korea's claim that the entire United States is within range of its rapidly improving missiles just got a lot more credible.

  • Written by By ERIC TALMADGE , Associated Press

NBC News fires Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News fired longtime "Today" show host Matt Lauer on Wednesday for "inappropriate sexual behavior," making him the second morning television show personality to lose his job because of sexual misconduct charges in a week.


  • Written by By DAVID BAUDER , AP Media Writer

Skeptical Democrats to quiz Trump health pick on drug prices


WASHINGTON (AP) — Skeptical Democratic senators are getting a chance to question President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary about what he'll do about rising drug prices and the future of "Obamacare."


  • Written by By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press

Police: Man arrested in Tampa killings brought gun to work


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The suspect in a string of four slayings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood was arrested after he brought a loaded gun to his job at a McDonald's and asked a co-worker to hold it, authorities said.