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Ursula K. Le Guin, best-selling science fiction author, dies
by GILLIAN FLACCUS and HILLEL ITALIE
4 minutes ago
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88....
[From AP Top News at 6:48 p.m. EST]
Senate approves Powell to follow Yellen as Fed chair in Feb.
by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
18 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning next month....
[From AP Top News at 6:48 p.m. EST]
Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump's border wall
22 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats said on Tuesday they had withdrawn an offer to fund U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, as tough negotiations over the future of young illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers" resumed in the Senate.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Bill Cosby is hitting the town; legal experts see a strategy
by By MICHAEL SISAK
26 minutes ago
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring....
[From AP Top News at 6:48 p.m. EST]
'We have a voice.' Victims confront ex-gymnastics doctor
by By The Associated Press
28 minutes ago
Almost 160 women and girls are coming forward in a Michigan courtroom to confront Larry Nassar, the former sports doctor who molested them under the guise of medical treatment....
[From AP Top News at 6:48 p.m. EST]
US pulled multiple ways in Syria as Islamic State recedes
by By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN
29 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the last years, the United States could neatly sum its objective in Syria in a single, uncontroversial bullet point: fighting the Islamic State group. Now that the extremists have been squeezed from all but the last bits of their former territory, the Trump administration is struggling to define the boundaries of its mission, and how and when America's lengthy engagement will end....
[From AP Top News at 6:48 p.m. EST]
Two students dead, 17 injured in shooting at Kentucky high school
31 minutes ago
BENTON, Ky. (Reuters) - A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun just before classes started at his high school in rural western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding a dozen other youths before he was arrested, the state's governor and police said.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Job creator, or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with panel tariff
32 minutes ago
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Facebook buys Boston software company that authenticates IDs
42 minutes ago
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is buying a software firm that specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, the two companies said on Tuesday, a step that may help the social media company learn more about the people who buy ads on its network.
[From Reuters: Top News]
Special counsel questions Sessions; Is Trump coming soon?
by By ERIC TUCKER
43 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for hours in the special counsel's Russia investigation, the Justice Department said Tuesday, as prosecutors moved closer to a possible interview with President Donald Trump about whether he took steps to obstruct an FBI probe into contacts between Russia and his 2016 campaign....
[From AP Top News at 6:48 p.m. EST]
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