Tax hike for cruise industry dropped amid Alaska concerns

The bill approved early Saturday includes other provisions that Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hailed as significant for Alaskans, including allowing oil and gas drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Watt and Altuve share SI’s Sportsperson of the Year award

J.J. Watt raised more than $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and Jose Altuve led the Houston Astros to their first World Series title, both giving hope to the city as it picked up the pieces from the devastating storm.

Justices take up dispute over wedding cake for gay couple

Tuesday’s clash at the high court pits baker Jack Phillips’ First Amendment claims of artistic freedom against the anti-discrimination arguments of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and two men Phillips turned away in 2012.

WH budget meeting planned with Trump, congressional leaders

The meeting, set for Thursday at the White House, comes just a day before federal spending expires that’s needed to keep agencies functioning beyond midnight Friday night. Complicating the search for a pact are disputes over immigration, health and other issues folded into the year-end mix.

Graduate students argue against taxing tuition waivers

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Many schools waive tuition for graduate students as a benefit for pursuing advanced degrees, and it’s not taxed as income, but a House tax bill would make the amount of the tuition waiver taxable.

Billy Bush says Trump ‘Access Hollywood’ tape is real

The video shows Trump, who was the star of “The Apprentice,” riding on an “Access Hollywood” bus with then-host Bush. At one point, Trump describes trying to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.

Ex-US Rep Brown to be sentenced for fraud

Brown, a Democrat who was one of the first three African-Americans to be elected to Congress from Florida since Reconstruction, could spend the rest of her life in prison.