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Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON — Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump’s sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they’ve muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. The GOP on Thursday ...

Matthews up for challenge as Packers rally without Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — In the visiting locker room after Green Bay lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Packers spoke of how they’d rally behind backup Brett Hundley in the absence of injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Not linebacker Clay Matthews. He called Rodgers’ broken ...

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Mushrooms kill 2 in Denmark COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say two children have died and nine other family members have been hospitalized with signs of poisoning, reportedly after eating toxic mushrooms. The family, which some Danish media say is made up of refugees from Congo, ...

Prosecutors charge former death camp guard

BERLIN (AP) — A former guard at the Majdanek death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has been charged in Germany with being an accessory to murder for allegedly serving there during a period when at least 17,000 Jews were killed, Frankfurt prosecutors said today. The 96-year-old Frankfurt ...

LEADING OFF: Verlander, Astros try to force Game 7 vs Yanks

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders scored two apparent game-winning touchdowns that didn’t count. The Kansas City Chiefs forced incompletions on back-to-back plays that ended with 0:00 on the clock only to have the game extended by penalties. On ...

Gamecocks await invitation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White says it is a “slap in the face” to the Gamecocks that South Carolina still is waiting for an invitation to the White House as the national women’s basketball champions. Texas A&M coach Gary Blair took it a step further: He ...

Mavs’ Harris loses brother

DALLAS (AP) — The brother of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris was fatally injured in an early morning crash on a Dallas expressway. A Dallas police statement says 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon of injuries from the 1:40 a.m. Thursday crash on U.S. 75 just north of Loop ...

US-backed Syrian force declare victory over IS in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian force declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former “capital” of Raqqa today, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence. At a press conference held inside the city today, the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian ...

EU leaders brainstorm ways to speed up Brexit talks

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders weighed today the meager progress in Brexit negotiations as they searched for new ways to speed up the highly complex talks some 18 months before Britain is due to leave. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged her 27 EU partners to bring new momentum to ...

Michigan top cop loses pay for Facebook post on NFL protests

DETROIT— The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates,” Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday. The penalty was disclosed in the second of two statements ...

Helen DeVos, who backed health, education causes, dies at 90

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children’s health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday. DeVos died Wednesday of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of ...

Shooter gathered his coworkers

ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — A witness to the deadly rampage inside a Maryland granite company said the suspect, Radee Prince, had gathered a small group of his co-workers together by saying “come with me, I want to say something to everybody.” Without another word, he opened fire. The witness, ...

Rock kills car’s passenger

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Billboards are being used to encourage tips from the public after Michigan authorities say a rock thrown from a highway overpass smashed a car's windshield and killed a passenger. Authorities say 32-year-old Kenneth White of Mount Morris was riding in the car ...

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

WASHINGTON — He started by describing the reverent handling of America’s war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to an Air Force base in Delaware. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about the reality ...

AP source: Tigers in talks to hire Gardenhire

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers were in talks Thursday to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Gardenhire was the ...

No title repeat: Cubs bow out in Game 5 against Dodgers, 11-1

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn’t really new. Still, it was jarring to see the reigning World Series champions go down without much of a fight. After twice fending off elimination during their October title defense, the ...

Trump defends call to soldier’s grieving family

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. “I have proof,” he ...

US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, ...

Overwhelmed at the flea market?

Arriving at a sprawling flea market on a crisp Saturday morning can be exciting. So many potential treasures might be hidden among the dusty piles of cast-off, second-hand goods. Yet often it's overwhelming, even for experts. With acres of furniture, art, accessories and more stretching out ...

Winter-blooming plants help bees overwinter

Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage. Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment. Bees take in carbohydrates from floral nectar and protein from ...