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Obama pressed to wade into Israel-Palestinian fight a last time

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UNITED NATIONS -- President Barack Obama, whose administration failed to break the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians during eight years in office, is coming under pressure to act one last time as events in Israel and at the U.N. clash.

In Jerusalem, the parliament is debating legislation that would give official recognition to Israel'...Read more

Estate tax repeal under Trump would benefit president, Cabinet

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump, who won the hearts and minds of millions of working-class voters, may help deliver a multibillion-dollar bonanza to America's wealthiest families.

The Manhattan businessman's election offers congressional Republicans their best chance in years to eliminate the estate tax, which he and others call the ...Read more

Trump's Labor secretary pick Puzder supported immigration reform

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder praised immigration reform in the past and criticized border security as a waste of money, which is drawing criticism from some Trump supporters.

During a Q&A in 2013 at the American Enterprise Institute, Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl's Jr. ...Read more

Trump era brings moment of truth for Republican spending hawks

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WASHINGTON -- The most conservative House Republicans helped shut down the government and oust their own speaker in pursuit of cutting U.S. spending. Now they must decide whether to fight to hold Donald Trump to the same standard.

It's potentially a risky move after the president-elect carried most of their districts by significant margins. ...Read more

Cops release body-cam video of arrest of woman in wheelchair

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MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade Police Department has released body-camera video of the arrest of a woman in a wheelchair who fell after being handcuffed last week.

The woman in the wheelchair was missing both her legs, so with the handcuffs on she had no way to stop her fall.

Unlike a previous video taken by a bystander, the video from the body-cam ...Read more

Personality trait or mental disorder? The same genes may weigh in on both

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You don't need fancy genome-sequencing or brain-imaging equipment to know that some of the people we know and love are just a little, well, out there.

We used to call these people "worriers," "creative types," "eccentrics" or "loners." Like the rest of us, they seem to have come into the world with some recognizably fixed personality settings: ...Read more

NC community rallies for students forced to eat cheese sandwiches at lunch

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A North Carolina community has rallied behind a group of elementary students who were relegated to eating cheese sandwiches at school because they were behind on paying their lunch accounts.

A GoFundMe account set up to pay up the accounts of the students at Blackburn Elementary in Newton, N.C., reached and surpassed its $1,250 goal. The fund ...Read more

South Korean parliament votes to impeach president

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's parliament on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun Hye, who has been dogged by accusations of corruption.

Two hundred thirty four out of 300 lawmakers voted in favor of the move, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, meeting the minimum two-thirds requirement.

Park's impeachment comes after ...Read more

Student debtors, this Trump ally wants to be your friend

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Watch out, Elizabeth Warren: A Republican lawmaker who's also a senior member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team appears to be vying for the title of Congressional champion of student debtors.

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed this week formally endorsed a law originally proposed by House Democrats. Though a long shot, the bill would do more ...Read more

In the battle for control of key oil installations in Libya, a military man takes center stage

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With Islamic State driven from its last urban stronghold in strife-ridden but energy-rich Libya, fresh turmoil is brewing over control of lucrative oil installations.

And a polarizing military figure who once enjoyed close U.S. support -- Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar -- is at the heart of the unfolding struggle.

The North African country is ...Read more

Zuma defies calls to quit as rural premier bloc has his back

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JOHANNESBURG-- South African President Jacob Zuma has warded off calls to resign over the scandals that have marred his administration and spread dissent in the ruling party largely thanks to a bloc of politicians known as the "premier league" that has his back.

With urban voters deserting the ruling African National Congress, Zuma, 74, is ...Read more

Analysis: Trump's EPA pick reveals triumph of politics over science

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NEW YORK -- For many Americans, the phrase "climate change" has become little more than a trigger for expressing political identity. For some, science evidence, and facts are now beside the point.

Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale University, has formally posited what some may already suspect. America is not just a victim of ...Read more

Trump to nominate former St. Louis lawyer and fast-food executive as labor secretary

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he would nominate St. Louis lawyer Andrew "Andy" Puzder, the current CEO of the fast-food chain CKE Restaurants, to be the next labor secretary.

Trump told The Associated Press that Puzder "will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety...Read more

Georgia wants to know if feds behind probe of voter database

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ATLANTA -- Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has asked federal officials to explain what appears to be an attempt by the U.S. Homeland Security Department to breach the state's voter registration database.

The claim comes after an IP address associated with a federal agency attempted to penetrate the state's firewall. David Dove, the chief ...Read more

American Dream slips out of reach for millennials, study finds

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Rico Johnson says that when he was growing up, he never had to worry about having clothes or getting three meals a day.

His single mother, a human resources director at a San Diego nursing home, made enough to give him that peace of mind.

But Johnson, 33, now makes $12.50 an hour working at a Taco Bell in Richmond, Calif., and he struggles to ...Read more

Muslim women are being targeted in NY

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NEW YORK -- One woman is a decorated officer of the New York Police Department, commended two years ago for running into a burning building to save a baby.

Another is a 45-year-old employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority who was commuting to work on the subway wearing her uniform.

Yet another, 18 years old, is a business major ...Read more

Pa. county orders hand recount of paper ballots for presidential, US Senate races

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chester County on Thursday ordered a hand recount of 190,462 paper ballots cast in last month's election, as former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein continues her bid for a statewide recount.

The county's Board of Elections, which consists of the three county commissioners, ruled that the Department of Voter ...Read more

Animal-research lab fined, suspended after deaths of monkeys

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SEATTLE -- The USDA has fined an animal-research laboratory $185,000 and suspended its license for at least a month, after 38 monkeys died -- many during shipment from Asia to Washington state and a facility in Houston.

A decision and order spelling out the fine against SNBL USA of Everett, Wash., which sells lab animals and conducts medical ...Read more

Stein using Pa. recount effort to 'line her pockets,' Trump lawyer says

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NEW YORK -- Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein is using her Pennsylvania recount effort to "line her pockets" with cash from fearful supporters, President-elect Donald Trump's lawyer said in a court filing.

Stein, who garnered 1 percent of the state's votes, is raising funds from people she "scared into believing that Pennsylvania's ...Read more

Harry Reid gets his portrait

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WASHINGTON -- Thursday was Harry Reid's day in the Senate.

In the morning, Democratic colleagues filled the chamber to listen to their departing leader review his life and legislative accomplishments a final time from his desk in the front row of the chamber.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kicked off the tributes to his frequent foe by ...Read more