Politics

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private emails this election season as a case of sour grapes. The pushback comes ahead of the Electoral College vote, Monday, Dec. 19, which is expected to make official Trump's election win. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 19, 2016 - 10:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 11:25 a.m. President-elect Donald Trump plans to meet with Robert Lighthizer, a former deputy U.S. trade representative in the Reagan administration, and Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard commandant who oversaw the...
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December 19, 2016 - 9:59 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The main Kremlin party has signed a cooperation agreement with Austria's right-wing populist Freedom Party. Sergei Zheleznyak, the deputy head of the United Russia party that has 343 seats in the 450-seat lower house of the Russian parliament, said Monday before signing the deal that...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, a sign supporting Medicare is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. A government report says Medicare beneficiaries can end up with higher hospital bills for some medical services as outpatients than as inpatients. In the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, you may pay more for outpatient care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 19, 2016 - 9:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — You pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission, right? Not necessarily in the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, according to a government report. People entitled to benefits under Medicare who had heart stents inserted as outpatients faced hospital bills...
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Protesters demonstrate ahead of Pennsylvania's 58th Electoral College at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. The demonstrators were waving signs and chanting in freezing temperatures Monday morning as delegates began arriving at the state Capitol to cast the state's electoral votes for president. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 19, 2016 - 9:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — And you thought Election Day was in November. Electors are set to gather in every state on Monday to formally elect Donald Trump president even as anti-Trump forces try one last time to deny him the White House. Protesters gathered at some state capitals, but they are unlikely to...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 file picture, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, right, arrives at the special Paris court, France. French court finds IMF chief Christine Lagarde guilty in arbitration case, but she escapes punishment. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
December 19, 2016 - 9:48 am
PARIS (AP) — The International Monetary Fund's managing director was convicted Monday of negligence by a special French court for her role in a contentious and generous arbitration award in 2008 to a politically connected tycoon. But Christine Lagarde, who was France's finance minister at the time...
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Graphic shows timeline of events surrounding Electoral College; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;
December 19, 2016 - 9:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Electoral College meeting Monday to formally elect Donald Trump the nation's 45th president (all times EDT): 10:31 a.m. Vermont's three members of the Electoral College are the first to report their vote for president. All three chose Democrat Hillary Clinton,...
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December 19, 2016 - 9:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts has denied a lawyer's bid to get the Supreme Court to force the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Roberts on Monday did not comment in rejecting an emergency appeal by lawyer Steven Michel of New Mexico. Michel argued...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec.12, 2016 file picture, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde smiles as she arrives at the special Paris court, France. French court finds IMF chief Christine Lagarde guilty in arbitration case, but she escapes punishment. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
December 19, 2016 - 9:32 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French verdict in the case of the International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A lawyer for International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde says he won't speculate on any effect the guilty verdict in a French case may have on...
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December 19, 2016 - 9:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has finalized rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation's streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans who vowed to overturn it under President-elect Donald Trump. The Interior Department...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Vincent Viola talks to the media about the future of the Florida Panthers during a press conference in Sunrise, Fla. President-elect Donald J. Trump has picked Viola as secretary of the Army. Viola is the founder of several businesses, including Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm, and owns the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers. He is a past chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
December 19, 2016 - 9:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vincent Viola is a Brooklyn native, West Point graduate and billionaire businessman who paid $250 million for an NHL hockey team. And if the Senate agrees, he'll become the next Army secretary. Viola is founder of several businesses, including Virtu Financial, an electronic...
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