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Franken, taxes, Keystone: 5 things that happened Thursday

FILE - In this July 12, 2017 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Looking to get caught up on the news, fast? Here are five things that happened Thursday, covered by the Sinclair stations you trust every day.

1. More men accused of sexual assault

Sen. Al Franken is the latest politician to face allegations of sexual assault, this time by a news anchor who says he groped and kissed her without her consent.

Meanwhile, Republican Roy Moore reiterated his refusal to drop out of the Alabama race for Senate -- despite assertions from President Donald Trump that the accusations against him are "very troubling."

2. House passes GOP tax reform plan

The House passed its version of the GOP plan for tax cuts, which now heads to the Senate for their approval.

Not a single Democrat voted in favor of the measure.

3. Keystone leaks 210K gallons of oil

The Keystone Pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, the largest spill in the pipeline's history.

The leak comes just days before regulators in Nebraska announce their decision on an extension of the pipeline, dubbed Keystone XL, which would be operated by the same company.

4. Baltimore detective shot, killed on duty

An 18-year-veteran detective with the Baltimore Police Department died after being shot on duty.

Identified as 43-year-old Detective Sean Suiter, he leaves behind five children.

5. Menendez trial ends in hung jury

The federal trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ends with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges.

Menendez, 63, is accused of using his political influence to help Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen in exchange for expensive favors.


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