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Democrat Doug Jones
Pulls Off Upset in
Alabama Senate Race

By DANIEL JACKSON

Alabama voters gave Democrat Doug Jones a longshot victory Tuesday, electing him to the U.S. Senate by a 1.5 percentage point edge over former judge Roy Moore, reducing Republicans’ margin of control of the Senate to one seat.

Senate Confirms Tweeting Texas Judge to Fifth Circuit Spot

By TIM RYAN

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed a Texas Supreme Court judge deemed the state’s first “tweeter laureate” to a spot on the Fifth Circuit.

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Prosecutors Urge Jurors in FIFA Trial to Convict Ex-Soccer Bosses

By AMANDA OTTAWAY
Soccer kickoff

On the first day of closing arguments Wednesday in a high-profile FIFA bribery trial, defense attorneys accused prosecutors of overreach in their indictments of three South American former soccer officials charged with money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

Justice Official Denies Bureau-Wide Bias in Investigations

By BRITAIN EAKIN

Facing outrage over an FBI agent’s disparaging text messages about the president, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein assured members of Congress on Wednesday that personal politics do not sway investigations.

House, Senate Leaders Reach
Deal on Tax Reform Package

ASSOCIATED PRESS

House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses and give many Americans modest tax cuts starting next year.

The Mackinac Bridge between Michigan and Canada.

Judge Clears Government in Case of Aging Michigan Pipeline

Environmentalists were dealt a setback Tuesday in a battle to ensure that pipelines have proper response plans for a catastrophic oil spill, when a federal judge ruled that the National Wildlife Federation lacks standing to challenge the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval process.

No Mercy for Franken in Minnesota

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY

In the affluent Edina suburb of Minneapolis, a 70-year-old woman in a wool hat and scarf meticulously removed the night’s snowfall from her driveway. “I think we have condemned people before they have the opportunity to have a trial or at least a hearing, just like Franken,” she said.

Black Lives Protester Says Fox's Pirro Defamed Him

By CHRISTINE STUART

A civil rights protester sued the Fox New Channel and its star Jeanine Pirro on Tuesday, claiming they defamed him on a September broadcast of “Fox & Friends” by accusing him of assaulting police.

Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads May Spur Kids to Smoke

By SEAN DUFFY

New research shows that some teens exposed to graphic anti-smoking posters may actually be encouraged to pick up the habit.

Smog Linked to Behavior Problems in Kids

By JULIE ST. LOUIS

Tiny, toxic particles in the air that creep into developing brains and cause inflammation that damage the pathways responsible for emotion and decisions may be to blame for increased teenage delinquency, a new study says.

ECONOMY

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate for 3rd Time in 2017

By DAN MCCUE

The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rates on Wednesday, the third such hike in 2017 and likely the last under outgoing Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

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Tech Experts Bemoan
Thursday Vote to
Kill Net Neutrality

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to kill net-neutrality rules on Thursday despite sharp bipartisan criticism and warnings from industry experts that consumers will suffer the most.

US Cleric, Vilified in Turkey, Invoked at Sanctions Trial

By ADAM KLASFELD

At the start of his dramatic cross-examination, a former Istanbul police officer testifying in a multibillion-dollar money laundering case denied association with a Pennsylvania cleric’s group the Turkish government often uses to discredit him.

No Fees for Pot Clinic's Dodge of Crackdown

By NATHAN SOLIS
marijuana retail

A Bay Area medical marijuana dispensary that waged a successful battle against a crackdown by the feds will not see attorney fees because it can’t be considered a prevailing party because pot is still illegal under federal law, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Minnesota Taps Senate Substitute for Franken

By DIONNE CORDELL-WHITNEY

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday morning that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will temporarily fill outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat, which is up for grabs next year.

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