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Louisiana runoff increases Republican majority in Senate

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WASHINGTON--Republicans have increased their Senate majority to 52 seats after Saturday's Louisiana runoffs, the final elections of 2016.

Associated Press called the Senate race for state Treasurer John Kennedy shortly before 10 p.m. With 32 percent of precincts reporting. Kennedy led with 63 percent of the vote to 37 percent for Democratic ...Read more

Twin attack kills 29 near stadium in Istanbul, official says

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ISTANBUL -- Twin blasts in Istanbul killed 29 people and injured 166, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Saturday, adding that 10 people have been detained in connection with the attack near a football stadium.

Among the dead were 27 police officers and two civilians, Soylu said, condemning what he described as a terror attack. Some of the ...Read more

Tensions erupt between Trump and the CIA over claims Russia hacked US during the 2016 campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Tensions between Donald Trump and U.S. intelligence officials boiled over Saturday as Trump's transition team mockingly compared a secret CIA assessment that Russia tried to sway the U.S. election in Trump's favor to the agency's historic misjudgments on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The widening public rift between the ...Read more

Trump poised to pick an oil tycoon with ties to Russia as secretary of State, reports say

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WASHINGTON -- In a decision that could alter U.S. relations with one of its principal rivals, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to choose Rex Tillerson, a powerful oil tycoon with close ties to Russia's president, as secretary of State, according to media reports.

Tillerson, chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp., one of the largest ...Read more

Islamic State video of captured British photographer signals a shift in the group's propaganda

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CAIRO -- The latest Islamic State video showing captured British war photographer John Cantlie signals a shift in the extremist group's propaganda as it loses territory, analysts say.

At the start of the video released this week Cantlie stands in front of what he describes as a damaged bridge across the Tigris River linking the east and west ...Read more

Protesters rally against Trump before Army-Navy game

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BALTIMORE -- Nearly two hundred people marched around M&T Bank Stadium Saturday to protest the appearance of President-elect Donald Trump at the Army-Navy football game.

Demonstrators denounced the Republican's positions and rhetoric on immigration and minorities. Trump campaigned on promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build...Read more

Southern California church vandalized with swastikas in what police say could be a hate crime

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LOS ANGELES--Vandals spray-painted a Buena Park church with swastikas and other graffiti in what police said Saturday could be a hate crime.

Authorities said vandals struck True Light Christian Church. Although it was not clear when the crime occurred, police discovered the graffiti Saturday morning, Buena Park Police Sgt. Mike Lovchik said.

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Santa Clara County settles alleged jail beating case for $3.6 million as deputies await criminal trial

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Santa Clara County has agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle civil claims in the death of a mentally ill man who authorities say was beaten to death last year by jail deputies.

The family of Michael Tyree reached the deal as the deputies await criminal trails, said Paula Canny, an attorney representing the Tyree's sisters.

The deputies -- ...Read more

Congress approves transfer of ancient skeleton to Native American tribes

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Congress has passed legislation enabling the transfer of the ancient skeleton called Kennewick Man from the federal government to Native American tribes for burial.

The bill was sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.

Last year, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced a provision to the Water Infrastructure ...Read more

Senate leaves FCC seat empty, sets up partisan stalemate

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WASHINGTON ––The Senate adjourned without confirming Jessica Rosenworcel to a second term on the Federal Communications Commission, forcing her out of office and setting up the agency for a partisan deadlock as the Republican administration of Donald J. Trump begins.

Without other changes, the Democrat's departure would leave the FCC ...Read more

US to send new force of 200 to Syria in support of rebels

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon plans to send 200 more troops into northern Syria to support rebel militias now holding positions about 15 miles from Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday.

Carter told a security conference in Manama, Bahrain, that the new troops will help train and assist the ...Read more

California farmers win big in water battle

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WASHINGTON -- The California water bill now ready for the president's signature significantly shifts 25 years of federal policy and culminates a long and fractious campaign that began in the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley.

About five years in the making, the $558 million bill approved by the Senate early Saturday morning would steer more ...Read more

Oakland officials scrutinized for handling of complaints about warehouse where 36 died in fire

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- As investigators tried to find the cause of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people, Oakland city officials faced more scrutiny over their handling of complaints about the building in the years before the blaze.

Despite numerous complaints about conditions both inside and outside the warehouse, city officials have not produced...Read more

Other nations join OPEC to cut oil output

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VIENNA ––The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries managed to broaden its efforts to cut oil output Saturday, when 11 countries outside the group joined a plan that is aimed at raising prices.

The non-OPEC countries agreed to reduce their output by 558,000 barrels per day, OPEC President Mohammed al-Sada announced in Vienna.

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Accepting Nobel Prize, Colombia's Santos sees 'ray of hope' in peace deal

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Colombia's peace agreement, which ended a civil war that lasted more than half a century, was "a ray of hope" in a troubled world, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday in accepting the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

"Peace does not belong to a president or a government, but to all the Colombian people, because we must build it together...Read more