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The Senate Budget Committee approved the tax overhaul bill in a party-line vote on Tuesday. Protestors attended the meeting, shouting "stop the tax scam" and other phrases. The committee's 12-11 vote advances the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to the Senate floor, where lawmakers could consider it as early as Wednesday. The committee combined the measure with a proposal that would permit drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. President Trump championed the tax bill during a Senate Republicans' luncheon before the vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican leadership is still attempting to gain the 50 votes needed to pass the bill under special budget rules. - THEHILL

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North Korea fired a ballistic missile from Pyongyang, its 15th launch so far this year. The incident, first reported by South Korea's Yonhap news agency, occurred in the early hours of Wednesday local time. The missile was fired eastward from Pyongsong, South Pyongyang, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Pentagon is investigating details of the launch, the first test since mid-September. On Tuesday, the unification minister for South Korea reported that North Korea is developing its nuclear weapons at a faster pace than predicted. This story is developing. - CNN

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Democratic leaders called off a meeting with President Trump after he expressed doubt that they could reach a deal to avert a government shutdown. “Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!” In a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they will continue to negotiate with Republican legislators. "Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon," they said. The group was set to discuss a spending plan to avoid the shutdown, immigration and other issues. - LATIMES

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A judge has granted a request from Alphabet’s Waymo to delay a trade secrets trial between the self-driving car unit and Uber. In a lawsuit filed against Uber earlier this year, Waymo claims that a former Waymo executive downloaded proprietary files about its self-driving tech. That executive later founded his own self-driving truck startup, which was in turn acquired by Uber. Waymo is suing Uber for $2.6 billion under the claim that it stole trade secrets. On Tuesday, a U.S. judge ruled that Uber and its attorneys withheld evidence in the trial, which was set to begin on December 4. Waymo claimed in a court filing that a former Uber security analyst sent a letter to an Uber attorney that included major allegations pertinent to the case. It would be a "huge injustice" for Waymo to go to trial right now, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said. - NYT

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A second former female staffer has publicly accused Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers of sexual harassment. Deanna Maher, Conyers’ deputy chief of staff from 1997 to 2005, told the Detroit News that Conyers made three unwanted sexual advances toward her, including two instances of inappropriate touching. In one instance, Maher alleges that the veteran lawmaker propositioned her for sex in a hotel room at the Grand Hyatt in Washington. She claims the advances happened between 1997 and 1999. Maher, 77, said she did not come forward because of her age. She feared that she would not be able to find new employment at the time. The House Ethics Committee is investigating Conyers, who resigned from his post as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. - POLITICO

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May. The 15th century chapel and royal residence west of London has become a “special place for the two of them,” Kensington Palace said. Prince Harry and Markle are “leading the planning process” for the nuptials, a spokesman for the prince said, adding that it "will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom." The Royal Family will cover the wedding expenses. Markle, who has U.S. citizenship, also plans to become a citizen of the United Kingdom. - BBC

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WeWork, a shared workspace company, has acquired Meetup, a social website that matches people with common interests into groups. The terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, are undisclosed. WeWork CEO Adam Neumann said in a blog post that the New York-based companies have similar missions "of bringing people together in person and foster greater community." WeWork is currently valued at nearly $20 billion. - FORTUNE

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Arby’s owner Roark Capital Group has reached a deal to buy Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.4 billion. Roark, a private equity firm, also has stakes in Carvel, Jimmy John's and other chains. Roark will pay $157 per share in cash for the restaurant operator, a 7 percent premium to the stock's Monday closing price. Roark will also assume the debt of the Minneapolis-based chain, placing the deal's overall value at about $2.9 billion. Arby's CEO Paul Brown will continue in the same role overseeing the expanded company. "We look forward to leveraging the combined strengths of both organizations into a truly differentiated and transformative multi-brand restaurant company," he said. - CNN

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Veteran rapper Jay-Z leads the way in nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards. Singer Andra Day revealed the nominees on Tuesday's "CBS This Morning," showing a list largely dominated by rap and R&B artists. Jay-Z, whose “4:44” is nominated for best album of the year, received eight nods, followed by seven for Kendrick Lamar, and six for Bruno Mars. Other top contenders include Khalid, Childish Gambino, No I.D., and SZA. The 60th annual awards will take place on January 28 at New York's Madison Square Garden. - LATIMES

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A volcanic eruption has stranded thousands of travelers at Bali's only major airport. The ongoing ash explosions from Mount Agung forced the closure of the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar through Wednesday, although the closure could be extended. The volcano began emitting steam and ash this past weekend, sending a plume into the sky that continues to threaten aircraft operations. The government has expanded the evacuation zone around the volcano, where as many as 100,000 people reside in villages. Up to 150,000 people may be forced to evacuate. - TELEGRAPH

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