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  • Sen. John McCain will miss tax bill vote as he recovers from chemotherapy in Arizona

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is heading home to Arizona to continue recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor and will not be in Washington for the tax vote this week, two sources close to McCain confirmed to CNN. McCain is unlikely to return to Washington this year, one of the sources said. But his ability to get on a plane to Arizona was a “good sign,” a source said. McCain left Walter Reed Medical Center […]

  • When the lights went out: ‘Completely pitch black’ at Atlanta airport

    ATLANTA — Travelers stranded on planes on the tarmac for hours. Darkness in the terminal. Passengers guiding their cautious steps by the flashlights on their phones. The power outage Sunday at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport caused chaos, confusion and frustration, disrupting travel at the world’s busiest airport. Travelers were greeted by darkness or dimly lit terminals. One traveler recalled the lights going off in the jetway as he disembarked from his flight from Boston. The outage affected the sprawling airport’s […]

  • President Trump says he is not considering firing Robert Mueller

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’s not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but added that his “people” are “very upset” about the counsel’s decision to obtain tens of thousands of emails from the Trump transition team. Asked Sunday night if he was considering firing Mueller, Trump said, “No, I’m not.” Following his return to the White House from Camp David, Trump told reporters that he thought it was “pretty sad” that the special counsel got a hold of […]

  • Doug Jones, who won the Alabama Senate race, says it’s time to move on from election, disagrees with calls for President Trump to resign

    WASHINGTON — The winner of the Alabama special election, Senator-elect Doug Jones, says he’s ready to move forward despite Roy Moore’s refusal to concede the race. Jones, a Democrat, told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning that he’s “ready to go regardless of whether (Moore) concedes or not.” “I say it’s time to move on. Alabama has spoken,” Jones added. “It was a close election, there is no question about that. But, you know, elections can be close sometimes. […]

  • Hundreds come down with stomach illness during Royal Caribbean cruise

    A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida on Saturday after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness. During the five-night cruise, 332 cases of the illness were reported, Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean told CNN in a statement. He stressed that it was a small percentage — 5.99% — of the more than 5,000 passengers and crew onboard the ship, Independence of the Seas. “Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with […]

  • Attention, teachers: You can keep your deduction for classroom supplies

    It’s better than nothing. Lawmakers have decided not to touch a tax deduction for teachers who spend their own money on school supplies — effectively splitting the difference between competing proposals. Currently, teachers can deduct up to $250 for classroom materials from their taxable income. It applies to both those who take the standard deduction, and to those who itemize. That deduction won’t change if the House and Senate pass their compromise tax bill in its current form. Votes are […]

  • ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ has monster box office opening, the second biggest ever in North America

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was a box office force this weekend. “The Last Jedi,” the eighth installment in the “Star Wars” saga, premiered this weekend to the second-biggest opening ever in North America. It brought in an estimated $220 million, according to Disney. The Disney film’s opening is second only to its predecessor, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened to $248 million in December 2015. “The Last Jedi” also had the second-biggest Thursday night opening and the second-biggest […]

  • The Pentagon set up a program to study the possible existence of UFOs, according to report

    WASHINGTON — Beyond preparing for the next field of battle, or advancing a massive arsenal that includes nuclear weapons, the Pentagon has also researched the possible existence of UFOs. The New York Times reported Saturday on the once completely classified project that began because of the intense interest in the subject by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada. According to the Times, the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program was launched in 2007 after the Nevada Democrat spoke to his longtime […]

  • California wildfire burns 267,500 acres; more than 8,400 firefighters are working around the clock

    Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive blaze inched toward her neighborhood in Southern California. “At midnight, I woke up with flashlight in my face,” Frescas told KEYT. “I looked out my window and there were flames that were about a 100 feet all around us.” Like many residents, Frescas was caught off guard by the fire that has roared through Southern California for 13 days. She’s one of tens of thousands of residents who […]

  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis says North Korea isn’t capable of striking the US

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea’s current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US. North Korea’s November ICBM “has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now,” Mattis said during an off-camera briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. He added that the United States is still assessing the situation. “We are still examining the forensics, we’re still doing the forensics analysis, […]

  • President Trump touts tax reform as he leaves for Camp David on Saturday

    WASHINGTON — As the GOP tax overhaul nears its final hurdle, President Donald Trump was eager to defend the bill Saturday, touting what he said would be its impact on the middle class as he left the White House for Camp David. “This is going to be one of the great gifts to the middle-income people of this country that they’ve ever gotten for Christmas,” Trump told reporters as Marine One whirred in the background. When asked about the contention […]

  • Mario Batali, celebrity chef, includes recipe with apology for ‘past behavior’

    How about some cinnamon rolls with that apology? In an online newsletter Friday afternoon, celebrity chef Mario Batali — facing allegations that he touched women inappropriately — acknowledged “many mistakes” and apologized for disappointing “my friends, my family, my fans and my team.” “My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility,” the message reads. “Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality with all of you, each week, is an honor and privilege. Without […]