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FBI’s actions under review

WASHINGTON – In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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China upset by nominee

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s pick to lead the State Department has stoked confusion over the U.S.’s South China Sea policy by appearing to advocate a blockade of Chinese man-made islands. A person...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Defense pick calls Russia U.S. threat

WASHINGTON – Retired Gen. James Mattis on Thursday cruised toward likely confirmation as Donald Trump’s defense secretary, overwhelmingly prevailing in a Senate vote granting him an exemption to...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON – Congress is poised to complete its initial step toward dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, as Republicans divided over how to replace it face pressure from Donald...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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U.S. report faults Afghan forces

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan needs a stable security environment to prevent it from again becoming a safe haven for al-Qaida and other militants, but Afghan security forces have not yet become...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Trump takes aim at intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump speculated Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies might have leaked details about a classified briefing with him that included unsubstantiated...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Iceland could restart talks on entering EU

LONDON – Iceland got a new, Pirate Party-free government on Wednesday, almost three months after an election that produced no outright winner. The center-right Independence Party, which won the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Trump picks Veterans Affairs insider to lead troubled agency

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tapped the Department of Veterans Affairs’ top health official to lead a beleaguered agency struggling to meet the health needs of millions of...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Russia friend Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, adopted a tough new line on Russia on Wednesday, calling it a “danger” to the United States and saying he...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Obama offers hopeful vision of future

CHICAGO – President Obama used his farewell speech in his home town Tuesday to defend his imperiled legacy and press a broad, optimistic vision for the country that seems more divided than ever....

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Sessions denies racism charges

WASHINGTON – Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions fervently rejected “damnably false” accusations of past racist comments Tuesday as he challenged Democratic concerns about the civil rights commitment he...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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Dylann Roof sentenced to death for killing nine church members

CHARLESTON, S.C. – An unrepentant Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for fatally shooting nine black church members during a Bible study session, becoming the first person ordered executed...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World