- The Latest: Trump lauds deal on GOP tax cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local):
- Justice official defends Mueller, sees no cause for firing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the Russia probe, defended special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday and said he had seen no cause to fire him and had not been pressured to do so.
- Would-be suicide bomber in New York City faces court hearing
NEW YORK (AP) — The man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City's subway system was influenced by the sermons and writings of a radical Muslim preacher, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday in the hours before the man was expected to have his first court appearance in the U.S.
- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election.
- City forms team to target its most vulnerable homeless
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.
- McCarthy: Packers' Rodgers preparing to play this weekend
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return.
- NFL spokesman: Roger Goodell views new contract as his last
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell views the agreement reached on an extension last week as his final contract overseeing the NFL, a league spokesman said Wednesday.
- AP source: Marlins agree to deal Ozuna to Cardinals
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.
- Agent Boras: Marlins turned into 'pawn shop' under CEO Jeter
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Agent Scott Boras says Derek Jeter and his ownership group are turning the Miami Marlins into a pawn shop.
- College coaches' salaries increase despite threat of new tax
WASHINGTON (AP) — A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn't deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches.