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Four states sue Treasury Department, IRS over tax cap

July 17 (UPI) — Four Democratic states filed a lawsuit Tuesday, stating they were unfairly targeted by a cap on federal tax deductions included in the 2017 federal tax overhaul law. New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey filed a complaint against the Treasury Department, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, …

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Yosemite wildfire increases to 12,500 acres

July 17 (UPI) — A deadly wildfire burning along the western edge of California’s Yosemite National Park increased in size on Tuesday as it continued to expand to the east and south. The Ferguson Fire grew to 12,525 acres with 5 percent containment, the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management …

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U.S. to spend another $21M on embassy in Jerusalem

July 17 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department awarded a firm in Maryland a $21.2 million contract for the second phase of construction of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a cost several times higher than President Donald Trump touted he’d spend the project. Documents filed with the official database of …

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Mueller seeks immunity for 5 witnesses in Manafort case

July 17 (UPI) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday asked a federal judge to give immunity to up to five people to testify in the Virginia-based trial of Paul Manafort. The request came on the same day the judge, T.S. Ellis, of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern …

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MGM Resorts sues victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

July 17 (UPI) — MGM Resorts International sued victims of a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in an attempt to dismiss liability in any potential compensation claims. The company, which owns the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue where gunman Stephen …

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IRS scraps donor information requirement for some organizations

July 17 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS announced Monday certain tax-exempt organizations will no longer be required to provide personally identifiable information about donors. Under the change, non-profit organizations such as labor unions, volunteer fire departments, issue-advocacy groups, local chambers of commerce, veterans groups and community service …

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Texas carries out eighth execution this year

July 17 (UPI) — Texas carried out its eighth execution this year Tuesday, for a man convicted of the 2004 robbery and murder of a San Antonio convenience store owner whose son has asked that the killer be spared. Christopher Young, 34, was administered the lethal injection at 6:13 p.m. …

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President Donald Trump (C) listens to remarks by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, (L) during a meeting with members of Congress on tax reform, including Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., (R) at the White House on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI

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