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Green-energy projects can expect cold shoulder during Trump presidency

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WASHINGTON -- When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California's signature green-energy projects this summer -- warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills -- officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe.

With Donald Trump's election, ...Read more

Dakota Access pipeline project comes to a halt

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CANNON BALL, N.D. -- The Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday denied permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a section of the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters.

The decision came after months of protests by thousands of self-proclaimed "water protectors" -- ...Read more

Oakland warehouse residents' harrowing survival stories: 'Oh my God, all of these people died in our home.'

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Carmen Brito woke up Friday night to smoke and an orange glow coming from the corner. She'd had a long day at work and happened to go to bed with her clothes on.

In the time it took her to put on her clothes and shoes, a wall that was 20 feet from where she was standing was on fire.

Brito rushed toward the front door of the ...Read more

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas consolidates control over his party

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cemented his control over his political party, Fatah, on Sunday after 18 politicians loyal to him won spots on its powerful Central Committee. The vote capped a six-day conference of the party, which also saw a former West Bank security chief receive a boost as a potential ...Read more

'Clear-cut' referendum defeat topples Italy's Renzi

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ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his resignation early Monday after a humiliating defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform, while eurosceptic opposition parties clamored for snap elections as soon as possible.

With counting done in more than 90 percent of polling stations, reforms sponsored by Italy's center-left ...Read more

Ryan he hasn't discussed cutting Medicare with Trump

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WASHINGTON –– Since the election, Democrats have sounded constant alarms about Republican plans to cut Medicare. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Sunday he hasn't discussed doing so with President-elect Donald Trump.

Ryan said on CBS's "60 Minutes" that he wants to overhaul Medicare so that benefits will remain for future generations. ...Read more

Oakland warehouse fire leaves community of artists reeling, fearful of crackdown

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For artists, this city's collection of warehouses is a blank canvas, places where they can live, paint, craft and perform. They're also a refuge, their makeshift interiors providing an oasis of affordability in a region of California swamped by rising costs.

But sometimes finding a cheap, creative space means looking the ...Read more

Dakota Access Pipeline Halted: Army Corps of Engineers denies permit

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the necessary approval for Energy Transfer Partners to complete work on the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, which had generated escalating opposition from Native Americans and environmentalists.

Sunday's rejection was based on mandates in the Mineral Leasing Act and the involvement of the historic...Read more

With 30 confirmed dead in Oakland fire, authorities expect more casualties

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Fire and recovery crews Sunday continued the dark task of milling through rubble from a warehouse fire in which at least 30 people died and promises more bad news.

The death toll "will go up," said Sgt. Ray Kelly, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Searchers worked 12-hour shifts moving debris "bucket by ...Read more

Trump expands search for secretary of state as Petraeus defends his past

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WASHINGTON –– President-elect Donald Trump is widening his search for a secretary of state as one of the contenders, former General David Petraeus, defended his qualifications for the role.

Petraeus, who resigned from as director of the Central Intelligence Agency for mishandling classified information, has been considered for the job, ...Read more

Trump again threatens big tariffs on US companies that export jobs

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WASHINGTON --President-elect Donald Trump doubled down on his threat against U.S. businesses that send jobs abroad on Sunday, declaring it an "expensive mistake" and warning of a huge tax if companies try to sell foreign-made goods in the U.S.

Trump said he would impose a 35 percent tariff on goods produced overseas as he encouraged businesses ...Read more

Iran says it won't abandon nuclear deal

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. lawmakers Sunday for, in his view, undermining a nuclear agreement but said Tehran had no intention of abandoning the deal.

In a speech to parliament, Rouhani slammed a Senate vote last week to extend for 10 years a long-standing package of trade, energy, defense and banking ...Read more

Kansas official could have immigration policy role in Trump administration

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The mere mention of Kris Kobach elicits fear and fury among immigrant rights activists who view him as anti-immigrant and a racist. But to opponents of undocumented immigrants, Kobach is a hero and viewed as someone bent on protecting Americans from foreigners who are not authorized to be in the United States.

Though there has been no ...Read more

Cape Verde takes in Yemeni detainee; Guantanamo now has 59 prisoners

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The U.S. military has delivered a long-held, mistakenly profiled Yemeni captive held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo to resettlement in the African archipelago of Cape Verde, reducing the prison's population to 59, the Pentagon said Sunday.

Shawqi Awad Balzuhair was among a series of one-time "forever ...Read more

Green candidate beats far-right rival in Austrian presidential election

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VIENNA -- Austrians chose a pro-Europe president by electing Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen Sunday with 53.3 percent of the vote, projections by public broadcaster ORF showed.

His far-right, euroskeptic rival Norbert Hofer received 46.7 percent, according to the projection.

The election captured international attention, as a victory ...Read more

24 bodies found in burned-out Oakland warehouse

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OAKLAND, Calif. –– The death toll from the fire that raced through an Oakland warehouse during a music concert rose to 24 as searchers continued to sift through the ruin of one of the deadliest fires in modern California history.

It could take two days for the search for victims to end, frustrating frantic family and friends awaiting word ...Read more

Fidel Castro interred in private ceremony

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SANTIAGO, Cuba -- As a new day dawned Sunday in this city, the launching site for the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro was laid to rest in a private ceremony.

His ashes were interred in a crypt next to the 85-foot mausoleum of Cuban patriot Jose Marti in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery.

In contrast to Marti's towering mausoleum, which was completed...Read more

Hearing starts Monday on sinking of trawler in Bering Sea

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SEATTLE –– When Jonathan Jensen boarded the Alaska Juris last summer for his first stint at sea as a fishery observer, helearned early on that an alarm was supposed to sound should the crew ever need to evacuate.

But on July 26, off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, there was no such emergency signal -- or electricity -- as engine-room flooding ...Read more

Taiwan's leader faces China's wrath for phone talk with Trump

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TAIPEI, Taiwan –– With her precedent-breaking conversation with Donald Trump, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is betting that a little recognition from the incoming U.S. leader was worth the risk of a backlash from China.

The telephone call Friday, which lasted for a little more than 10 minutes, was the closest a Taiwanese president has ...Read more

Swarthmore is latest college to declare itself a sanctuary

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PHILADELPHIA -- Swarthmore College has become a sanctuary campus, deciding against voluntarily sharing student information with immigration officials or willingly giving them access to college property.

The announcement came from college President Valerie Smith and board of managers Chairman Thomas Spock. In an email to Swarthmore community ...Read more