Senate Republicans barrel toward sweeping tax overhaul


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday barreled toward the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in more than three decades as the top Republican senator said he was willing to compromise on a major sticking point for lawmakers from high-tax states such as New York and California.

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

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.

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  • Written by By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

Congress seems set to avert weekend government shutdown


WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress seems set to prevent a weekend government shutdown, but lawmakers and President Donald Trump still have longer-range disputes to settle over spending, immigration and other issues before they can declare budget peace.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Top diplomat says Ukraine sticking point in US-Russia ties


VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship and that all other disputes were secondary.

  • Written by By JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press

Report: West Coast homeless crisis pushes US count higher

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.

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  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and GEOFF MULVIHILL , Associated Press