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Five killed, six wounded in Kabul hotel siege

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KABUL -- At least five people were killed and six others have been wounded after militants attacked the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul Saturday, an official said.

At least 100 people, with 16 foreigners including eight women have been rescued from the hotel so far, Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said Sunday.

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Texas neighbors suspected Turpins before move to California

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RIO VISTA, Texas -- To neighbor Ricky Vinyard, the Turpin family seemed odd from the moment they arrived at the end of his remote dirt road in this small town 50 miles south of Fort Worth, where they had lived earlier.

"When they moved in, they were really mysterious people. They didn't talk to us or socialize," recalled Vinyard of that day in ...Read more

'Serial stowaway' got past TSA, spent night at O'Hare before flight to London, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO -- A woman notorious for stowing away on commercial airplanes made it past two TSA agents at O'Hare International Airport by hiding her face with her hair, and then stayed overnight at the airport before sneaking onto a plane and flying to London, prosecutors said Saturday.

Marilyn Hartman, 66, faces a felony theft charge in connection ...Read more

Pence gets an earful in Cairo as he begins Middle East tour

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CAIRO –– Vice President Mike Pence met with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Saturday in a 2 1/2-hour session that focused, in part, on Egypt's anger over President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"We heard el-Sissi out," Pence, who is making his first official trip to the Middle ...Read more

Republicans' Schumer poster rankles Democrat, prompts decorum vote

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WASHINGTON –– Partisan tensions were so high on the first day of the government shutdown that a House Democrat forced the chamber to vote on the question of whether a Republican poster depicting Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer violated House decorum rules.

The poster pictured Schumer, D-N.Y., with a comment he made in 2013 saying ...Read more

Democrats energized by intraparty 'Resistance'

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WASHINGTON –– Jennifer Mosbacher cried in a doctor's office the morning after Donald Trump's election, unable to control herself during a routine physical. The Atlanta suburbanite had avoided politics her entire life but was overcome with shock by an outcome she never saw coming.

She decided to act on her anger. In the year since, a woman ...Read more

With government shut down, so are many national parks, though some remain open

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On Saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. Others have partial services with limited staff as part of a plan worked out in recent days by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The National Parks Conservation Association, a nonpartisan group ...Read more

Shutdown belies Trump's claim to be a skilled dealmaker

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WASHINGTON -- It turns out that Donald Trump's greatest strength in the 2016 presidential race was not his business acumen but rather Hillary Clinton's unpopularity.

Tens of millions of Americans were so turned off by Clinton's representation of establishment politics that they took a chance on an unorthodox candidate with no political ...Read more

Cruz, protagonist of 2013 shutdown, wants to keep the lights on this time

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WASHINGTON -- The star of Washington's last shutdown is working to keep the government open this time.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, could still pay a political price for this weekend's drama on Capitol Hill, if voters blame the Republican-controlled Congress for failing to reach a deal on a bill to fund the government.

Republicans fear that a lack ...Read more

10 members of Congress with most to gain or lose from shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Voters have made it clear for years that they're fed up with Washington's chaos, and nothing better illustrates the capital's disarray than a down-to-the-wire fight over government spending.

That's why this week's votes to keep the federal government running were tough votes, votes that vulnerable congressmen and senators will be ...Read more

From New York to Los Angeles, thousands march in a weekend for women

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Dusting off pink knit hats and brandishing colorful signs, marchers gathered Saturday in the shadow of the capital's Lincoln Memorial, in midtown Manhattan and in scores of other cities across the country -- not aiming to re-create the record-shattering crowds of the Women's March a year ago this weekend, but vowing to make a mark at the ballot ...Read more

Government shutdown continues as senators struggle to make a deal

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WASHINGTON -- The American public woke up to a sobering reality Saturday -- the first partial government shutdown in five years after Democrats and the Republicans who control both houses in Congress could not make a deal with President Trump to keep the government open before a midnight deadline expired.

Lawmakers in both parties said they ...Read more

Graham cuts a deal that could end shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Lindsey Graham spent the hours before the government shutdown shuttling between Democratic and Republican leadership offices, a lonely, lively quest to somehow broker a deal that would stop the imminent government shutdown.

Over the course of almost two hours, ending just after the government shut down at midnight, Graham held ...Read more

In Ireland, Pence tells U.S. troops to forget the shutdown and focus on their mission

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On his way to Cairo for a Middle East tour, Vice President Mike Pence shook hands and chatted with U.S. service members Saturday during a stop to refuel Air Force Two at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Pence is to visit three Middle East nations.

As the vice president took photos with some of the troops, he brought up the U.S. government shutdown,...Read more

After a year of Trump and outrage, women's march focuses on electoral politics

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A year after a sea of knitted pink "pussyhats" greeted Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president, women and their allies again took to the streets this weekend in dozens of cities across the country, voicing anger, channeling hopes and considering how the country has fared in the year after one of the most divisive presidential elections...Read more

Las Vegas shooter researched San Diego before mass shooting

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SAN DIEGO -- Last May 18 -- about four months before the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history unfolded on the Las Vegas Strip -- gunman Stephen Paddock was thinking about San Diego.

On a laptop computer seized from one of his Mandalay Bay hotel rooms after the massacre, authorities found a web search from that Thursday in May for "La...Read more

Group that first raised sexual harassment issues in California capital has an app to report misconduct

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Leaders of the Sacramento-based "We Said Enough" campaign are introducing an app to help victims of sexual harassment report workplace abuse across the nation, no matter their location or industry.

The nonprofit organized by a group of lobbyists and legislative staffers became a powerful force last year, spurring nearly ...Read more

California Gov. Brown reverses decision to parole Manson family killer

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a parole board's decision to free Manson family killer Leslie Van Houten.

In September, the Board of Parole Hearings found Van Houten, 68, suitable for release. At 19, Van Houten had taken part in the brutal slayings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1969.

"The question I must ...Read more