French police detain climate protesters after violent clash

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PARIS –– French authorities detained at least 150 people for questioning Sunday after a demonstration in favor of a global climate agreement in central Paris turned into a violent clash between protesters and police.

Video showed demonstrators throwing projectiles at police, who charged crowds and dragged people away near the Place de la ...Read more

Bill Gates to announce clean-energy fund to boost climate talks

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NEW YORK -- Bill Gates, the world's richest man, and fellow philanthropists on Monday will announce a multibillion-dollar fund for clean-energy technology to combat climate change, according to an environmental group briefed on the announcement.

The effort, described as the biggest clean-energy research commitment ever, is intended to boost ...Read more

Obama pays silent tribute to victims of Paris attacks

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PARIS -- Offering a single white rose and a silent prayer, President Barack Obama paid his respects to the massacre victims at Paris' Bataclan theater here Monday, moments after arriving in France to attend a major international climate summit.

Amid a heavy security presence in the heart of the French capital, Obama was joined by French ...Read more

Donald Trump says things that stretch credulity, but they fire up the faithful

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Donald Trump's campaign trail commentary flows seamlessly but is often vague on specifics and even facts.

He says he saw "thousands of people" cheering in New Jersey as the World Trade Center towers collapsed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Not true, say local law enforcement and elected officials.

He is open to shuttering mosques, saying there's "...Read more

NSA data collection program exposed by Snowden expires

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BALTIMORE--The National Security Agency ended Saturday its dragnet collection of data on phone calls that use domestic carriers -- the most significant change in U.S. intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden revealed details of the agency's programs two years ago.

Under the Patriot Act approved by Congress after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001...Read more

Historic climate deal is expected in Paris

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PARIS -- The international conference on climate change that opens here Monday is widely expected to produce a historic agreement among nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say cause global warming.

Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said Saturday that 183 countries accounting for nearly 95 percent of global ...Read more

How to make America great again? National service

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What if there had been one really big idea -- not necessarily a new idea, just a big one -- on either side during the excessively long and embarrassingly expensive race for the White House in 2012?

National service, for example?

It is ironic that George Romney, father of the unsuccessful Republican candidate and an unsuccessful presidential ...Read more

Political impersonations, like Larry David's of Bernie Sanders, can affect a candidate's image

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Except for what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears, the whole world is mediated. What we know comes to us filtered, reshaped, edited, redacted, translated, gussied up or dumbed down, spun, sampled, selected, dressed in a tuxedo or wearing a red nose.

As happens every four years, we are once again confronted with a cast of ...Read more

NSA phone data program exposed by Edward Snowden expires Saturday

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BALTIMORE -- The National Security Agency is scheduled to end its dragnet collection of records about Americans' phone calls Saturday night -- the most significant change in U.S. intelligence-gathering since Edward Snowden revealed details of the agency's programs two years ago.

Under the Patriot Act approved by Congress after the attacks of ...Read more

Some teen immigrants struggle with English

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On that cold December afternoon, Monique Ngomba followed hundreds of students out the doors of Patterson High School until she stood, completely baffled, in front of a line of buses.

It was time to go home, but she had no idea which bus to take.

The skills she had acquired over a childhood spent in crowded refugee camps in central Africa were ...Read more

A new military power rises in the Middle East, courtesy of one man

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –– Martyrs' Day was a new holiday on the United Arab Emirates calendar in November, wedged between the Islamic holy days and the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Many nations commemorate their fallen soldiers, but the U.A.E. has always been different. The glittering towers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are monuments to an ...Read more

California governor rips two attorneys general for stance on climate change

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In a sharply worded letter penned days before an international summit in Paris, California Gov. Jerry Brown is accusing attorneys general in two states of "crass obstructionism" in their effort to raise doubts about one of President Barack Obama's key climate change initiatives.

On Wednesday, Brown wrote to officials in Texas and West Virginia ...Read more

No 'credible' Thanksgiving terror threat, Obama says

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that national security officials see no evidence of a Thanksgiving terrorist attack in the United States, and he urged Americans to proceed with their holiday travel and revelry.

Less than two weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 dead, Obama said it is "understandable" for ...Read more

Obama says he may ignore congressional limits on Guantanamo transfers

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he may ignore fresh congressional restrictions on transferring detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, setting up another confrontation with Republicans over the limits of his power.

"The executive branch must have the flexibility, with regard to the detainees who remain at ...Read more

Feds to Georgia: Don't deny Syrian refugees food stamp benefits

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ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture warned Georgia's social services agency Wednesday that the state risked violating federal law by refusing to process food stamp benefit applications for new Syrian refugees in Georgia.

The letter from Jessica Shahin of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could set up a legal showdown with ...Read more

Clinton says Pfizer-Allergan leaves taxpayers 'holding the bag'

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NEW YORK -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton attacked Pfizer Inc.'s plan to move its tax address to Ireland through a merger with Allergan Plc, saying it would hurt U.S. taxpayers and urging a crackdown on such deals.

"This proposed merger, and so-called inversions by other companies, will leave U.S. taxpayers holding the ...Read more

Obama moves to shore up coalition as rival Russia courts France

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WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from politicians at home and Russian maneuvering abroad, the Obama administration is moving this week to reassert leadership of the international fight against the Islamic State.

President Barack Obama will meet French President Francois Hollande in Washington on Tuesday for the first in-person talks since Islamic ...Read more

Bernie Sanders trumpets Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lunched with the rapper Killer Mike, visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and urged a crowd of more than 4,000 at the Fox Theatre on Monday to keep King's "extraordinary vision alive" as he tried to boost his black support in the South.

The presidential contender lags far behind Democratic front-...Read more

Star Wars sequel or Iowa caucuses? Americans equally excited about both

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CHICAGO -- Maybe Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Hillary Clinton actually can compete with Stormtroopers, General Hux and a robot named BB-8.

With the Iowa caucuses now just 10 weeks away, Americans surveyed in the latest Bloomberg Politics National Poll say they are as excited about the first-in-the-nation presidential nomination balloting as ...Read more

Bill Clinton praises Bob Dole, bipartisanship in speech at KU

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Former President Bill Clinton delivered an ode to bipartisanship and to his one-time political foe, former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, when he accepted a leadership award at the University of Kansas on Monday.

Clinton, who defeated Dole in the 1996 presidential election, praised him as someone who fought passionately but was willing to...Read more