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Veterans plan to be human shields for Dakota pipeline protesters

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A showdown looms as thousands of veterans from around the country head to North Dakota to be shield Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from police.

The plan by an unarmed citizens' militia, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, coincides with North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple's order to evacuate a protesters' camp near the pipeline ...Read more

Student suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of USC faculty member on campus

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LOS ANGELES--A University of Southern California faculty member was stabbed to death inside a campus building Friday, allegedly by a student who has been taken into custody, Los Angeles police said.

Police received a 911 call from USC about 4:30 p.m. of a victim with multiple stab wounds, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Meghan ...Read more

Ivanka Trump's China-sewn fashion line turns profit at a political cost

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NEW YORK -- If President-elect Donald Trump needs an object lesson on the difficulty of reviving broad sectors of U.S. manufacturing, he need look only as far as his daughter's closet.

Ivanka Trump's $100 million apparel line is sewn in Asian countries under a licensing agreement with G-III Apparel Group, which has expanded from making coats in...Read more

Republicans gear up for school choice legislation under DeVos

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WASHINGTON -- Republican-backed legislation to give parents more control over their children's education is expected to get a boost in the next Congress if school choice advocate Betsy DeVos is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary.

Some proposals are expected to easily pass next year, such as the reauthorization of ...Read more

Europe's populist right feels galvanized after Trump's win

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The online denunciations pile up daily: Muslims can't be trusted. Neither can the mainstream media. The elites have run amok. Institutions are out of touch with the will of the people.

It might sound a lot like Donald Trump's presidential campaign. But this time, the balloting is in Austria, which Sunday will become the latest testing ground ...Read more

If California takes on a Trump presidency, Texas might show how it's done

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WASHINGTON -- Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general who became governor, liked to brag about his devotion to fighting the Obama administration, describing his workday as "I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and then I go home."

Now that Donald Trump is about to take power, California is preparing for the possibility of ...Read more

Federal judge denies quick halt to recount

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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge Friday denied an emergency halt to the recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, allowing the process to continue until a Dec. 9 court hearing at least.

There is no need to halt the recount just yet because it will not do any immediate harm to Republican President-elect Donald Trump or his supporters, U.S. ...Read more

Tacoma, Wash., man fired from job just hours before he killed police officer

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SEATTLE -- The man who killed Tacoma Police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez on Wednesday had been fired from his job at a popular Tacoma barbershop just a few hours earlier after his behavior became increasingly erratic, the shop's owner said Friday.

Damon Daniels, who doesn't cut hair but runs Sam & Terry's Barbershop, said his two other ...Read more

Missouri fitness company mogul allegedly involved in kidnapping, beating

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ST. LOUIS -- Fitness company mogul Todd Beckman was in custody Friday on a federal kidnapping charge alleging that he and others held a man against his will, beat him and shocked him with a Taser over three days.

"It's one of the nastiest kidnappings I've ever seen," U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Friday.

Court documents said they ...Read more

Am I or am I not Fidel? Only Cubans know the answer

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LAS TUNAS, Cuba -- For the past three days, the processional carrying the ashes of Fidel Castro has traversed Cuba along a route that has taken it past sugarcane fields, towering stands of palm trees, oxen working the red earth, colonial cities, and places of historic significance.

All along the way, Cubans have gathered on the sides of rural ...Read more

Europol warns of fresh terror threats to Europe

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Even as Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, its fighters still have the ability and the will to launch attacks in Europe, the European Union's police agency warned Friday.

Several dozen fighters capable of committing terror attacks may already be present on the continent, and more are expected to join them if the group is defeated or ...Read more

San Bernardino pushes to be better after last year's terrorist attack

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. –– Year after year the homes fell around her. Abandoned to squatters, stripped bare, gutted by fire.

On her side of the block, only two of five houses remained, side by side, uncharred. Diane Hayes wanted to sell and move out, but couldn't afford to. Her next-door neighbor died this year. Workers boarded the windows ...Read more

South Carolina's Harrison states his case to lead Democrats, as Howard Dean drops his candidacy

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DENVER -- Jaime Harrison of South Carolina campaigned to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Friday, selling himself as "a poor black man from South Carolina" who knows young voters, knows the grass-roots far from Washington and would be free to devote himself full time to the job.

In his pitch to state party officials from ...Read more

Trump campaign goes to court, hoping to stop recounts

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PHILADELPHIA ––President-elect Donald Trump's supporters filed court motions Friday to try to block statewide recounts in Pennsylvania.

Days before a Commonwealth Court hearing in Pennsylvania on the request for a statewide recount from Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the state Republican Party urged the court to reject the request. In a ...Read more

'Fort' built by accused surf bullies has been demolished — will it end their localism?

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PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. -- At least some spectators gazing from the bluffs of Palos Verdes Estates hoped the metallic rap of jackhammers rising from Lunada Bay this week sounded the end of an era.

For decades, outsiders have complained that they were harassed and their vehicles vandalized by a crew of surfers determined to keep the bay's ...Read more

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Another Miami Zika virus transmission zone lifted by governor

MIAMI -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott has lifted the zone of active Zika transmission covering one square mile of Miami's Little River neighborhood.

Scott made the announcement Friday morning in Little River at St. Mary Cathedral School.

The Little River zone was declared an area where ...Read more

Gatlinburg wildfire death toll still at 13 as crews continue search

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. --The death toll still stood at 13 people Friday as authorities continue to sort through the wreckage left behind by a wildfire called the state's worst in at least a century.

Crews hope to wrap up the search by nightfall, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said at an afternoon news conference. The National Guard and other ...Read more

Top Shiite cleric says victory over Islamic State in Iraq is imminent

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KARBALA, Iraq -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani said Friday that an Iraqi military victory over Islamic State is imminent.

His comments come more than a month after the country started a campaign to drive Islamic State from its last key stronghold of Mosul.

"Confidence grows in the ability and will of the armed forces and their ...Read more

Scott Brown garners Warren's support to lead Veterans Affairs

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WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Scott Brown won a surprising ally this week in his quest to become President-elect Donald Trump's Veterans Affairs secretary: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren, a leader of the Democratic left and one of Trump's sharpest-tongued critics, has been a longtime nemesis of Brown. She defeated him in 2012 in one of...Read more

Libraries move to protect data from federal incursions

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WASHINGTON -- Libraries and archives are the latest organizations to shield against increased electronic surveillance by the federal government.

This week, the San Francisco-based Internet Archive announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety.

The New York Public ...Read more