News : US

Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill

Saturday  12:05,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week. The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the tax incentive for private employers[...]

Plan released for dividing money to Vegas shooting victims

Saturday  09:35,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

A plan that will be used to divide donations for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting was finalized Friday with a significant change that allows injured people who were not hospitalized to seek some of the money. The committee overseeing the[...]

Family sues retailer for sale of gun used in Texas church massacre

Saturday  08:00,   16 december 2017
Reuters

<p>The family of a woman and two children killed when a gunman opened fire in a rural Texas church has sued the store that sold the assault rifle used in the deadliest mass murder in the state's history, lawyers said on Friday.</p>The[...]

ACLU fighting Trump over abortion access for two undocumented immigrants

Saturday  06:06,   16 december 2017
The Hill

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is seeking to prevent the Trump administration from blocking two undocumented immigrants from obtaining abortions. The two women - known in court records as Jane Roe and Jane Poe - were barred from getting[...]

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Saturday  06:06,   16 december 2017
MSN

Agency analysts are told to avoid these 7 banned words and phrases in budget documentsPolicy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC[...]

Anger grows as Puerto Rico misses power restoration deadline

Saturday  03:41,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

Union leaders representing Puerto Rico power company workers slammed local and federal officials on Friday as the U.S. territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised by the island's governor.Puerto Rico is currently at 64 [...]

Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

Saturday  03:40,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky: A state forced to confront its past salacious behavior in the midst of an historic transition [...]

Deduction for teachers who buy classroom supplies survives

Saturday  03:40,   16 december 2017
CNN

Currently, teachers can deduct up to $250 for classroom materials from their taxable income. That won't change.Lawmakers have decided not to touch a tax deduction for teachers who spend their own money on school supplies -- effectively splitting [...]

Nine more women say judge subjected them to inappropriate behavior, including four who say he touched or kissed them

Saturday  03:40,   16 december 2017
MSN

The total number of women who now accuse Alex Kozinski of some kind of inappropriate comments, touching or other behavior is 15. Nine more women say that Alex Kozinski — a high-profile judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th[...]

Winds temporarily calm on lines of huge California wildfire

Saturday  03:36,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but forecasters warned that conditions would remain dry and warm and the respite from gusts would only be[...]

Grad students: You've been spared under the GOP tax plan

Saturday  03:36,   16 december 2017
CNN

A controversial tax on tuition waivers was kept out of the final tax bill. Graduate students across the country have loudly protested a controversial provision of the tax plans that moved through the House and Senate in recent weeks. The proposal[...]

Today Is the Last Day of Obamacare Enrollment—Here's What You Need to Do Right Now

Saturday  02:30,   16 december 2017
Fortune

Friday, December 15 is the final day of Obamacare open enrollment.&nbsp;Friday, December 15 is the final day of Obamacare open enrollment. This has been a tumultuous year for Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act), to put it lightly, with[...]

Philadelphia Zoo throws polar bear, Coldilocks, 37th birthday party

Saturday  02:26,   16 december 2017
FOX News

Coldilocks, the oldest living polar bear in captivity in the U.S., celebrated her 37th birthday on Thursday and zookeepers at the Philadelphia Zoo threw her a party for the ages. MICHAEL KORS VOWS TO GO FUR-FREE IN 2018Presents and a peanut butter,[...]

Sessions Says Bias Concerns About FBI Are Being Taken Seriously

Saturday  00:15,   16 december 2017
Bloomberg

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’s concerned about allegations of bias within the FBI and will do more to monitor the behavior of employees. “We’re going to take seriously the concerns that have been expressed,” Sessions said Friday during a[...]

Judge rejects fears of state business seizure in dune cases

Saturday  00:15,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A New Jersey judge rejected fears by private beach operators that the state's seizure of part of their sand for a storm protection project will also enable the state to seize their businesses.In two cases decided Friday,[...]