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Senate Republicans are expected to introduce a new tax plan on Thursday that would put off a proposed reduction in the corporate tax rate for one year. The legislation also would eliminate deductions for all state income and property taxes, the Los Angeles Times reported. It would postpone cutting the corporate tax rate from 20 percent to 35 percent until 2019, lowering the bill's cost by more than $100 billion. The delay is "a major departure from Trump’s insistence on immediate tax cuts that he says are necessary to spur the economy," the Washington Post reported. This story is developing. - LATIMES

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Four women have accused GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore of making sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Moore kissed and inappropriately touched 14-year-old Leigh Corfman when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama. The Post interviewed three additional women who claimed that Moore pursued them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. “If these allegations are true, he [Moore] must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. Moore denied the allegations in a statement, calling them "a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign." Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court justice who was twice removed from the bench, is the Republican nominee in Alabama for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. - WAPO

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Louis C.K. has cancelled the New York premiere of his film “I Love You, Daddy" on the same day that five women accused the comedian of sexual misconduct in a New York Times article. Comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov accused C.K. of masturbating in front of them while hanging out in his hotel room after a show at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Colorado. Another comedian, Rebecca Corry, said she declined when C.K. asked to masturbate in front of her in 2005. C.K.’s publicist told the Times that the comedian would not answer any questions about the allegations. C.K.'s scheduled appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" was also canceled. C.K. wrote, directed and starred in the film about a successful TV writer-producer whose teenage daughter has a relationship with a 68-year-old filmmaker. - AP

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During the first days of open enrollment, insurers saw more people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act than in previous years. The federal government reported that more than 600,000 people chose health plans from the HealthCare.gov marketplace during the first few days after enrollment began on November 1. More than 137,000 were new sign ups. “It’s the biggest start to open enrollment ever,” an Obama administration official said. Enrollment runs through December 15. - NYT

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The founding president of Facebook said the social network exploits "a vulnerability in human psychology.” Speaking at an Axios event in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sean Parker, an early Facebook investor and the company's president until 2005, said he has become "something of a conscientious objector" to social platforms. "The unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and ... it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other," he said. "It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains." Parker said the thought process in building applications such as Facebook was "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” He said the platform uses a “social validation feedback loop." - CNBC

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Police say the driver of a semi-truck is at fault for backing into a driverless shuttle bus in Las Vegas this week. The bus was carrying several people when the minor crash occurred on Wednesday, the same day the service was launched. The shuttle's sensor's identified the truck and it stopped to avoid the collision. "Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle," the city of Las Vegas said in a statement. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has, the accident would have been avoided." The truck driver was cited for illegal backing. - USNEWS

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A man who attacked Senator Rand Paul outside his home last week has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges. Rene Boucher, Paul's longtime neighbor, tackled the senator in his yard on Friday, fracturing six of his ribs and bruising his lungs. Under the assault charge, Boucher faces a potential year-long sentence and a $500 fine. The FBI and state police are investigating potential felony charges against Boucher, whose pretrial conference is scheduled for November 30. "This was not a 'fight,' it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person," a senior adviser to Paul said on Thursday. - ABC

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Tesla had agreed to buy Perbix, a privately-held maker of automated manufacturing equipment. Perbix, based in Minnesota, has been a supplier to Tesla for nearly three years. While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, Tesla said in a filing that it will pay cash and stock for the machining firm. Perbix owner Jim Dudley would receive nearly 35,000 shares in Tesla, worth about $300 each. With the acquisition, “Tesla further advances its efforts to turn the factory itself into a product to build the machine that makes the machine," the company said. - REUTERS

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Christopher Plummer will replace Kevin Spacey in the finished film “All the Money in the World.” Director Ridley Scott will re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes with Plummer, who will take over the role of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. The film's lead actors Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg are expected to participate, the Associated Press reported. Plummer, 87, was Scott's first choice for the role until the director was forced into casting "a bigger name," AP said. Scott still plans to release the film on December 22. - BBC

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NFL player Aaron Hernandez suffered severe brain damage that likely impacted his judgment and decision-making, researchers said on Thursday. Hernandez was posthumously diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a football-linked disease, earlier this year. The doctor who diagnosed him presented results of her examination on Thursday during a conference. Hernandez, who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, had "the most severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in a person his age," according to a story in the Washington Post. Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, had substantial damage to his frontal lobe and other important areas of the brain. - AP

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