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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Washington. Trump announced he's nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead the agency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 18, 2018 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he has chosen Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department, a surprise announcement that appeared to catch Wilkie off guard. Wilkie, a former Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness,...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, betting odds are displayed on a board in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37 percent opposed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 18, 2018 - 5:04 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, the Senate rejected an attempt by Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year’s tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren’t trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There’s no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
May 17, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has rejected an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and on federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year's tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren't...
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May 17, 2018 - 6:03 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark says online room-rental platform Airbnb will start to automatically report its users' deals to taxation authorities, the first country to do so. Taxation minister Carsten Lauritzen says Airbnb "has committed to report data so their hosts pay taxes." He says Airbnb...
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Leader of the League party, Matteo Salvini, addresses the media after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale presidential palace, in Rome, Monday, May 14, 2018. Italy’s rival populist leaders asked for more time to make a coalition deal. Right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini cited “notable” difference on key issues like stopping the flood of migrants to Italy. He also said he’d insist on justice reform, dear to ally Silvio Berlusconi. Luigi Di Maio for his part told Italy’s president Monday he wants the voter base of his 5-Star Movement to have their say before any coalition deal is finalized. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)
May 16, 2018 - 1:50 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians. League leader Matteo Salvini and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio said talks...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, takes questions at City Hall after replacing Kevin Davis as police commissioner, in Baltimore. Baltimore’s police commissioner resigned Tuesday, May 15 after being federally charged with failing to pay his taxes. In a statement, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she accepted the resignation of De Sousa, who she picked as the city’s top cop in January. He was nearly unanimously confirmed as commissioner in February by the City Council. (Kim Hairston /The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)
May 15, 2018 - 7:11 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — When Baltimore's mayor hand-picked Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner, heralding his experience and the respect he commanded in the city's force, he proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls. Now just a few months...
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In this July 24, 2017 photo, pencils are at the ready on a teachers desk at Bruns Academy in Charlotte, N.C. Nearly all public school teachers report digging into their pockets to pay for school supplies, spending nearly $480 a year, far more than the federal $250 tax deduction available to teachers, according to a study by the National Center of Education Statistics released Tuesday. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
May 15, 2018 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Every year Anna Graven dips into her modest teacher salary and spends her own money to buy bulletin boards, pencils, paper, highlighters and tissues for her high school students in Oklahoma City. So do almost all of her colleagues across the nation. Nearly all public school...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Bob Krist, of Omaha, speaks during debate in the Legislative Chamber in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for re-election. He faces fellow Republican Krystal Gabel in the Tuesday, May 15 primary. The Democratic primary field is composed of Krist, university instructor Tyler Davis and community activist Vanessa Ward, all of Omaha. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
May 15, 2018 - 9:38 am
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is touting his conservative credentials on the national stage as he prepares for a showdown with the winner of Tuesday's Democratic gubernatorial primary. The Republican governor has made recent appearances at the National Rifle Association's annual...
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Members of the public look on at a Seattle City Council before the council voted to approve a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Seattle. The council on Monday unanimously backed a compromise tax plan that will charge large businesses about $275 per full-time worker a year. It's lower than the $500-per-worker tax initially proposed. The tax would begin in 2019 and raise about $48 million a year to pay for affordable housing and homeless services. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 15, 2018 - 2:47 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20...
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May 14, 2018 - 10:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states (all times local): 10:45 p.m. The Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime...
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