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8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction

Joe Biden promotes book in Minneapolis about son's death

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs at the Palmer House Hilton, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in Chicago.

The former vice president took a few jabs at the current Russia-related investigation into the Trump administration.

CBS' O'Donnell reports on sexual misconduct at Air Force

One reason for the steeliness in Norah O'Donnell's demeanor the morning after the sexual misconduct accusations against former "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Charlie Rose were revealed became apparent on Monday.

NYPD: Responding to report of Times Square area explosion

The New York Police Department says it is responding to a report of an explosion near Times Square.

Mayor: All Chicago patrol officers now have body cameras

The Chicago Police Department says all patrol officers are now equipped with body cameras.

Michigan panel to discuss future of underwater oil pipelines

A government panel is scheduled for a briefing on a recent agreement between Michigan officials and the company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

Complex questions accompany diplomatic options on NKorea

When President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador recently urged the world to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea, she was sketchy on the details: Should all embassies close? How about those providing the U.S. intelligence from the largely inscrutable country? And what of Sweden, which helps with imprisoned Americans?


Tevlin: Sexual harassment purge turns 'Giant of Senate' Al Franken into a ghost
Jon Tevlin

The Giant of the Senate, as Franken jokingly referred to himself in his latest book, is now the Ghost of the Senate.

Sexual harassment shielded by secrecy at Minnesota Capitol

The sexual harassment scandal has brought new attention to the different disclosure practices that apply to Minnesota institutions.


Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders.


Ex-Gov. Carlson says Franken should stay in Senate, for now

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson came to Sen. Al Franken's defense Sunday when he posted a commentary to his blog that said he is "deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process."


Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work?

Some women, and men, worry the same climate that's emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues.


Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.


AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Moore and their odd orbit of claims

The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days.


Deadline week crunch for health law sign-ups under Trump

The Trump administration came into office looking to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law, but the Affordable Care Act survived. Now the administration is on the hook to deliver a smooth ending to sign-up season, with a crush of customers expected this week.


Trial set for ex-cop accused of supporting Islamic State

The first law enforcement officer in the U.S. ever to be charged with a terrorism offense is again scheduled for trial.


After allegations, Moore avoids spotlight, questions

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has been a rare sight on the traditional campaign trail in the days ahead of a critical U.S. Senate race. He's appeared at only a handful of rallies in front of friendly audiences and steadfastly has shunned reporters from the mainstream media.


Firm convictions, uneasiness at churches before Senate race

Alabama's race for U.S. Senate settled into church for worship on Sunday, with the minister at a historic black congregation calling the race a life-or-death matter for equal rights, conservatives standing by Republican Roy Moore and others feeling unsettled in the middle.


Hyperactive Missouri Gov. Greitens touts his physical feats

Rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event , crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and entering a burning building with firefighters.