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Sessions soldiers on as AG despite Trump criticism
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Sessions soldiers on as AG despite Trump criticism

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeff Sessions was in his office, looking unusually deflated. He had just received another public lashing from President Donald Trump. Trump had browbeaten his attorney general for months after Sessions’ decision to step aside from the intensifying Russia investigation. Never mind that Sessions has proved fiercely devoted to...

Officials say 95 killed, 158 wounded in Afghan car bombing
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Officials say 95 killed, 158 wounded in Afghan car bombing

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded 158 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban in the Afghan capital Kabul, authorities said. The bombing Saturday came just a week after Taliban militants killed 22 at an international hotel in the city....

Trump: US “open for business,” and economists mostly agree
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Trump: US “open for business,” and economists mostly agree

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump highlighted his tax cuts and deregulatory efforts with a salesman’s pitch to an elite economic forum in Switzerland on Friday: The United States, he said, is now a far more inviting place for foreign companies to spend, invest and build. While discounting some of...

US trade court rules against Boeing in dispute with Canada
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US trade court rules against Boeing in dispute with Canada

By PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivering a big defeat to Boeing, a U.S. trade panel ruled Friday that the U.S. aircraft giant was not harmed by competition from Canada’s Bombardier. The 4-0 decision by the independent International Trade Commission effectively blocks the Trump administration from slapping 292 percent tariffs on Bombardier. The...

Trump immigration plan draws criticism from top Senate Dem
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Trump immigration plan draws criticism from top Senate Dem

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat dismissed President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal as a “wish list” for hard-liners on Friday as the plan drew harsh reviews from Democrats and some conservatives. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., expressed satisfaction that Trump had provided some clarity to...

US economy grew at solid 2.6 percent rate in fourth quarter
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US economy grew at solid 2.6 percent rate in fourth quarter

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 percent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction. The fourth quarter advance in the gross domestic product, the...

Trump plan offers citizenship path to 1.8 million immigrants
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Trump plan offers citizenship path to 1.8 million immigrants

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing a plan that provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million of the so-called “Dreamer” immigrants, tighter restrictions on legal immigration and $25 billion in border security, the White House said, putting forward an outline likely to find...

Potholes ahead for Trump’s upcoming public works proposal
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Potholes ahead for Trump’s upcoming public works proposal

By ZEKE MILLER AND JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will soon release its long-anticipated public works plan, trying to fulfill a campaign pledge but set to fall short of some ambitious goals. As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to generate at least $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. As president, he is...

Senate committee approves modest tax cut
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Senate committee approves modest tax cut

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a modest state income tax cut for low-income earners that will save families an average of $21 each year. Senators voted 28-0 for the proposal to allow more taxpayers to take the maximum standard deduction. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. Senate President...

Alabama lawmakers could abolish marriage licenses
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Alabama lawmakers could abolish marriage licenses

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Wednesday inched closer to abolishing judge-signed marriage licenses, a change that would let conservative probate judges avoid issuing them to same-sex couples. A few Alabama probate judges for years have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to grant them...