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A coalition of citizens groups will gather at 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the Saturn Club in Buffalo to protest Rep. Chris Collins' appearance there -- and the Clarence Republican's support for a GOP tax reform plan. The groups said they oppose the plan because it will raise taxes for some state residents. The bill cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. The group…

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By Margalit Fox Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in Kern County, California. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life. He died of natural causes in a hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Reha…

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Actor-singer David Cassidy has been hospitalized with organ failure in Florida and is in critical condition, according to news reports. Cassidy, 67, is  best known for his role in the 1970s TV series "The Patridge Family."  

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By Herman Wong President Donald Trump took aim at longtime critic Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday night, after Franken was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman 11 years ago. “The Al Frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” Trump tweeted, adding in a second tweet that Franken had last week been “lecturing anyone who would li…

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WASHINGTON — It was as if the mild-mannered backbench congressman from Buffalo stripped off his boxy pinstriped suit to reveal a silver spandex shirt with a big blue "D" on it as he as he suddenly became … SuperDemocrat! Raising his voice to nearly a shout, Rep. Brian Higgins last week summed up his party's argument against the Republican tax cut plan as the House …

TEHRAN — Iranians spent the night digging through rubble in a frantic search for survivors after a powerful earthquake struck near the Iraqi border on Sunday evening, killing more than 300 people and injuring thousands more, officials said. The epicenter of the quake was near Ezgeleh, an Iranian town about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitud…

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By ALAN BLINDER and JONATHAN MARTIN GADSDEN, Ala. – Roy Moore, the embattled Republican Senate nominee in Alabama, moved Saturday to discredit the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, and his party’s most powerful figures became increasingly desperate to end a campaign that they worried would undermine their candidates nationwide. Moore won at least one ba…

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON – In the weeks before Donald Trump took office, lawyers joining his administration gathered at a law firm near the Capitol, where Donald F. McGahn II, the soon-to-be White House counsel, filled a white board with a secret battle plan to fill the federal appeals courts with young and deeply conservative judges. McGahn, instructed by Trum…

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By Ashley Parker and David Nakamura HANOI, Vietnam - President Donald Trump said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin again denied his nation tampered in the U.S. presidential election last year when the two men spoke during brief conversations on the sidelines of an international summit. Trump told reporters that he and Putin had more than one informal dis…

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Kasey Shea was an incredible cook, avid Buffalo sports fan, and one of the top dart players in the city. She also struggled with depression, chronic Lyme disease, and, in the last few months of her life, a series of migraine headaches. She died by suicide last year, several hours after cooking her family a New Year's Day feast. She was 24. "When a person takes their …

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By Heather Long Senate Republicans unveiled their big tax proposal Thursday, with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, hailing it as a way to “give hard working taxpayers across the country growing paychecks” and create a “vibrant” economy. Tax cuts are the centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s economic plan that Republican lawmakers are aiming to get to him by Chri…

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By Richard Fausset, Jonathan Martin and Cambell Robertson ATLANTA – Republicans in Washington seemed near panic Thursday in the light of a news report in which four women said Roy S. Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama and an evangelical Christian, had made sexual or romantic overtures to them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.…

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By Ben Casselman and Tara Siegel Bernard Republicans promised a middle-class tax cut. So far, they have created mostly middle-class confusion. Both the evolving House bill and the emerging Senate plan would slash taxes for businesses and many wealthy individuals. What they would mean for the middle class, however, is less clear. The plans feature a spider web of inter…

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Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin RICHMOND, Va. – The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Donald Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities on Tuesday dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejection and propelled a diverse class of Democrats into office. From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New Y…

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By Mike DeBonis Republicans seeking to overhaul the federal tax code faced new head winds Wednesday, including a new $74 billion hole in their plan and political fallout from GOP losses in Tuesday’s state and local elections. Democrats won gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday and also stood on the cusp of winning control of the Virginia House o…