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Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable....
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Trump's security paper offers stark vision of global rivalry

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's "America First" vision is a stark worldview that sees rivals battling each other for supremacy or relevance and has little use for alliances, treaties and other international agreements unless they directly benefit the United States, its industry and workers....
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Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

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DETROIT (AP) -- An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history....
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Farenthold retiring from House amid harassment accusations

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election next year, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other industries....
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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney is buying the Murdoch family's Fox movie and television studios and some cable and international TV businesses for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business....
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4 children killed in bus-train collision in southern France

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PARIS (AP) -- A regional train hit a school bus on a crossing in southern France Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring seven other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said. It was one of the worst rail accidents in France in years....
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House Speaker says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon....
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Drone operator faulted in NY collision with helicopter

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators say a recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft....
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Feds: Oklahoma man kept stepdaughter captive for 19 years

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere, during which time he fathered her nine children....
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Tavis Smiley, suspended by PBS, vows to fight back

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NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS has suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called "troubling allegations" of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming....
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AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

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NEW YORK (AP) -- "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place....
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Fertility doctor faces judge for lying about using own sperm

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is set to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators....
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Ohio high court shields full au

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members....
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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses, as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business....
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PBS suspends distribution of Smiley show for misconduct

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- PBS says it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host....
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Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week's stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment....
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Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind

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As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off....
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Coroner: Accused Ky. lawmaker's death apparently suicide

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide, the county coroner said....
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Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's separation barrier....
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South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

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BEIJING (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Thursday on a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system....
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