Budget pick Mulvaney acknowledges payroll tax lapse
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the White House budget office, failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household worker more than a decade ago, prompting ...
Army plans Dakota Access oil pipeline environmental study
The Army has started the process of launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing of the Missouri River in North Dakota, though a federal judge could ...
GOP prescription of minority outreach forgotten with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Together, they delivered a post-election autopsy with a dire prediction: Republican survival requires embracing a message of tolerance and respect in an increasingly diverse United States.
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Quake nightmare returns to haunt Italy
Italy was hit by four earthquakes in four hours Wednesday, bringing terror to snowbound mountain areas still recovering from last year's series of deadly tremors. The quakes, all measuring more than five magnitude, struck close to Amatrice, the mountain town devastated by an August earthquake that left nearly 300 people dead. A mother and child dragged from the ruins of a collapsed country cottage near Teramo in the Abruzzo region were both found to be suffering from hypothermia.
US economy continues to expand, optimism about 2017 growth: Fed survey
The US economy continues to expand and is now seeing tight labor markets and rising price pressures, as businesses nationwide have an upbeat outlook for 2017, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. "Firms across the country and industries were said to be optimistic about growth in 2017," the Fed's Beige Book survey of the economy said. Most of the 12 Fed districts reported tighter labor markets, including increasing wages or trouble filling open positions, while price pressures have "intensified" since the last survey in November.
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Trump U.N. pick echoes his criticism but breaks from him on Russia
By Patricia Zengerle and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador echoed his condemnation of the world body and pledged to push for reforms at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but broke from the president-elect on some foreign policy issues, including Russia. Nikki Haley, a rising star in the Republican Party, was questioned by some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about her lack of diplomatic experience. Haley, who turns 45 on Friday when Trump takes office, has been governor of South Carolina since 2011.
African troops on standby to end Gambia crisis
Nigeria sent troops and fighter jets to Senegal in a show of military force Wednesday aimed at persuading Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to finally surrender power after an election defeat. Jammeh's mandate was due to end at midnight in Banjul but in recent weeks has steadfastly refused to leave office, prompting west African states to up the pressure on him after weeks of failed diplomacy. Jammeh lost the poll to outsider Adama Barrow, who is currently sheltering in Senegal.
Key rebel group to stay away from Syria peace talks
Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year-old war. The announcement came as Russia and Turkey -- which along with Iran organised the talks starting in Astana on Monday -- carried out their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in the war-torn country. Ahrar al-Sham, which counts thousands of fighters in central and northern Syria, said it would not attend the Astana talks due to "the lack of implementation of the ceasefire" in force since December 30 and ongoing Russian air strikes over Syria.