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In this Dec. 13, 2018, photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. A real estate investment firm founded by Kushner is betting big on the Trump administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks. But it’s not that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 17, 2018 - 10:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration's Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn't that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the...
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December 14, 2018 - 4:12 pm
The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended...
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In this Nov. 20, 2018 photo, Joseph Soldwedel, the publisher of the Prescott Daily Courier, poses for a photo in Phoenix. Soldwedel, the owner of a chain of small Arizona newspapers, and his wife Felice are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning. (AP Photo/Matt York)
December 13, 2018 - 8:00 pm
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga. Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit of trying to kill him by poisoning him, and detailed...
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In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, leaves federal court after his sentencing in New York. Trump has gone from denying knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses to apparent acknowledgement of those hush money settlements – though he claims they wouldn't be illegal. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
December 13, 2018 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that the liability for hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs with him rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen. Both Cohen and...
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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California finishes a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Pelosi has all but ensured she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber's top post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 13, 2018 - 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to be the next House speaker, says Democrats running the chamber next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns. The California Democrat says she believes the House Ways and Means Committee will "take the first...
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FILE- In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo a realtor sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Dec. 13, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 13, 2018 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in three months, an inducement to prospective homebuyers in a haltingly recovering market. Continued steep declines in the stock market pushed home borrowing rates lower, although they remain much higher than a...
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In this photo from Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly answer questions from reporters during a break in a legislative meeting at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly, a Democrat, races a push in the Republican-controlled Legislature to cut state income taxes to offset a revenue windfall caused by changes in federal tax laws at the end of 2017. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
December 09, 2018 - 8:46 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing. One of the first big...
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In this Nov. 28, 2018, photo, a realtor sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Freddie Mac reports on the week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 06, 2018 - 10:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid a steep decline in stock prices. Continued slides in the stock market and tumbling oil prices have been pushing mortgage rates lower, although home borrowing rates remain much higher than a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington. The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas seeking records from the Trump Organization, the IRS and other entities in their lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 04, 2018 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The flurry of...
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December 04, 2018 - 10:25 am
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — A Secret Santa made the holiday season a little brighter for hundreds of shoppers near Philadelphia after paying off nearly $30,000 worth of layaways at a Walmart. Andy Rumford, of Kennett Square, tells The Daily Local he was shocked when he went to make a payment at the...
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