United States

California Dems propose surcharge on businesses to fund social programs

Lawmakers from California have proposed a bill that would compel companies making more than $1 million to turn over half their tax-cut savings to the state in order to fund programs that support low-income and middle-class families.

Sport

Booker scores 30, Warren 25 as Suns beat Nuggets

Phoenix gets its first win against Denver since Nov. 20, 2015.

Politics

Government braces for shutdown as Senate fails to meet deadline for spending deal

The deadline arrived without a deal. The U.S. government shut down at midnight Friday after Congress failed to overcome a partisan divide over immigration and spending.

Sport

FSU's Willie Taggart announces 5 new hires to fill out coaching staff

Florida State coach Willie Taggart has completed his coaching staff with the announcement of five new hires on Friday, including an offensive coordinator.

World

Pope to visit Peruvian region hard hit by El Nino floods

When Pope Francis travels Saturday to northern Peru he will find a region still reeling from devastating floods nearly a year ago that toppled hundreds of thousands of homes, left streets covered in thick layers of mud and even ripped apart tombs from an

United States

Bandits take off with money, chips from Vegas casinos

Bandits have gotten away with cash and chips from four casino-hotels in Las Vegas since last week, leaving police on the hunt for multiple suspects.

United States

Governor denies parole for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

The governor of California has again denied parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson.

Sport

Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

United States

Passenger on Chicago train gets doused with chemicals, man arrested

A man riding a Chicago Transit Authority train late Thursday afternoon reportedly doused a fellow passenger in chemicals before lighting a small fire on the train car, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing witnesses and authorities.

United States

Records: Las Vegas gunman was germophobe, possibly bipolar

After three months of investigation, police have learned more about Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock.

World

China secretly bought North Korean coal as U.S. watched from above: report

At least six cargo ships linked to China furtively violated U.N. sanctions by taking on North Korean coal late last year, potentially providing a significant financial boost to the rogue regime, the U.S. alleges.

United States

Alaska Native group slams planned shamanism event

An Alaska Native group is speaking out against a shamanism retreat as an event it says commercializes and exploits the spiritual healing practices of indigenous people.

United States

Attorney says Texas judge defended efforts to sway verdict

A Texas judge overseeing the trial of a woman accused of trafficking her teenage niece recused himself after interrupting jury deliberations to push for an acquittal.

Sport

Brady staying tight-lipped on hand injury

Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right-hand injury earlier in the week.

Sport

Coughlin looks at 2nd chance to make Jaguars champions

It's no exaggeration to say Tom Coughlin built the Jaguars from the ground up.

United States

The Latest: US 101 near reopening after California mudslide

The Latest on the aftermath of a mudslide in California (all times local): 5 p.m. Authorities say the key highway along the California coast has been cleared of debris and is a few days from reopening after a massive mudslide.

Entertainment

Rock legend Tom Petty died of accidental overdose, family members say

Rock legend Tom Petty died because of an accidental drug overdose, his family said in a Facebook post Friday evening.

United States

The Latest: Ranchers among 1st to get to helicopter crash

The Latest on a helicopter crash in New Mexico that killed five people, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader (all times local): 1:13 p.m.

World

Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest graft scand

United States

Records paint bleak picture of suspect in serial killings

A man accused of killing nine people in metro Phoenix grew up in a household plagued by domestic violence, left home at 16 to live with his girlfriend and was in prison three years later for manslaughter after participating in a robbery at a strip club wh

Technology

Twitter suspends more than 1,000 Russia-linked accounts

Twitter announced Friday that it has suspended more than 1,000 new accounts linked to Russian-controlled accounts which shared information meant to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Sport

Davis, Cousins: All-Star nods bode well for Pelicans pairing

Davis, Cousins: All-Star nods bode well for Pelicans pairing

United States

Timeline offers look at Vegas shooter's moves, not a motive

An 81-page police report made public Friday offers a glimpse at Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock's internet searches and a timeline of his activities ahead of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Sport

What matters more than a good QB in these playoffs? A good D

What matters more than a good QB in these playoffs? A good D

United States

The Latest: Man accused in 9 killings had bleak upbringing

The Latest on nine killings in the Phoenix area that have been linked to the same convicted felon (all times local): 3:45 p.m.

Sport

Another chance: Tom Coughlin gets one more shot to get Jaguars to Super Bowl

In many ways, this season's roster successes have mirrored those Tom Coughlin produced during his first few years, when it seemed like he couldn't miss.

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