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Highlights of Senate, House GOP bills to overhaul tax code

Republicans early Saturday rammed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul through the Senate, a sweeping revamp of the nation's tax code. The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill two weeks ago that differs in key respects. The GOP will work quickly to iron out the differences with the goal of delivering final legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas.

Albanians evacuated after riverbanks overflow, flood areas

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Authorities in Albania say that non-stop rain has caused riverbanks to burst in the south of the country, flooding many areas and prompting the evacuation of residents.

Alabama Senate candidate Jones reaches out to black voters

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is trying to shore up support among black voters in his U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore by appealing for an end to the divisiveness that has long been part of the state's politics.

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Highlights of Senate, House GOP bills to overhaul tax code

Republicans early Saturday rammed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul through the Senate, a sweeping revamp of the nation's tax code. The House passed a nearly $1.5 trillion tax bill two weeks ago that differs in key respects. The GOP will work quickly to iron out the differences with the goal of delivering final legislation to President Donald Trump by Christmas.

US officials drop mining cleanup rule after industry objects

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration announced Friday that it won't require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.

Federal regulator gives OK for bitcoin futures to trade

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal regulator gave the go ahead on Friday to the CME Group to start trading bitcoin futures later this month, the first time the digital currency will be traded on a Wall Street exchange and subject to federal oversight.

Montana company sues over payments for Puerto Rico grid work

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid has sued a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.

American, pilots reach deal to avoid canceling flights

NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines reached an agreement Friday with its pilots' union to avoid having to cancel thousands of flights during the Christmas holiday season because of a glitch with the pilots' schedules.

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