2 questions loom over House-Senate talks on GOP tax bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — Two looming questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans' massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished deduction? And how to pay for those concessions?

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  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

Ex-aide: Rep. Franks offered $5 million to carry his child

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former aide to Republican Rep. Trent Franks has told The Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate mother.

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  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press

Snow slows or shuts down much of normally sunny Deep South


ATLANTA (AP) — Snowfall shrouding much of the Deep South began tapering off early Saturday, but freezing temperatures kept roads slick throughout the region and airplanes grounded at the world's busiest airport.

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  • Written by JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press

Israeli strikes kill 2 Hamas men after Gaza rocket attack


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes killed two Hamas members early Saturday following a rocket attack on Israel, in the latest fallout from President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which has roiled the region and the larger Muslim world.

  • Written by FARES AKRAM, Associated Press; ARON HELLER, Associated Press

Appeals court hears arguments on updated Trump travel ban


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal appeals court judges in Virginia peppered a government lawyer Friday with questions about President Donald Trump's latest travel ban and whether the president has the authority to ban 150 million foreign nationals — mostly Muslims — from the United States.

  • Written by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer