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Trump's awkward overseas moments came with democratically elected leaders

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GIARDINI NAXOS, Italy -- President Donald Trump returned late Saturday from his first overseas trip as president, clearly more welcomed by the Muslims he proposed barring from the United States than by allies in Europe whose priorities and values have long been parallel with U.S. ideals.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi praised Trump ...Read more

169 dead in Sri Lanka floods; waters recede

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Relief workers continued to help flood and landslide victims Monday as the number of weather-related deaths rose to 169, officials said, adding that water levels are now receding.

Over 100 others are remained missing after five days of severe weather across the country, the Disaster Management Center said.

The ...Read more

Biomedical research would be hit by Trump's proposed budget

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President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 budget includes cuts in biomedical programs that would cripple life science research and industry, experts say.

"It's a horrendous proposal," said Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist-geneticist with Scripps Health in San Diego. "Every way you look at it, it spells trouble."

The proposed cuts would come ...Read more

Liquor lobby warns tourists of Utah's strict alcohol rule

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As the summer tourism season kicked off this Memorial Day weekend, Utah found itself under attack -- with no immediate reprieve in sight.

The American Beverage Institute launched a full-page ad in Nevada's largest newspaper last week depicting a woman's mug shot with the words, "Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation," printed in bold ...Read more

Not-so-high anxiety: States move fast to protect pot industry

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WASHINGTON -- If a whiff of uneasiness hung over the trade show that drew thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here this month, it wasn't because they were just around the corner from a White House that has threatened to shut them down.

They had bigger worries, like sorting out the legitimate business ventures from the hype among row upon row ...Read more

Memorial Day: The number of Americans who have died in battle since the Revolutionary War

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It originated as Decoration Day in May 1868, an annual commemoration in which the graves of the war dead were decorated with flowers.

At the time, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, who served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, declared that Decoration Day should be observed in May because flowers would be in bloom all across the country.

As...Read more

North Korea launches ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea fired another ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, South Korean and U.S. authorities have separately confirmed.

The Joint Chief of Staff, or JCS, of the South Korean army said that the projectile was "assumed to be a missile of the Scud series" and had a flight distance of 280 miles.

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Israel angers Palestinians by meeting at holy site

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the unusual step Sunday of convening his Cabinet at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, spurring howls of protest by Palestinians who claim the area where it is located for the capital of a future state.

The special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem...Read more

Trump returns to an increasingly troubled White House and criticism from allies

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WASHINGTON -- Whatever respite President Donald Trump may have received from his nine-day overseas trip came to an abrupt end Sunday as administration allies sought to beat back allegations about his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, while the leader of Europe's most powerful nation suggested the U.S. was no longer a reliable ally.

"The era in which ...Read more

South African president survives party bid to oust him

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JOHANNESBURG –– South African President Jacob Zuma survived an attempt by some members of the African National Congress' leadership to order his removal from office, according to two members of the ruling party's national executive committee.

The committee decided on Sunday not to vote on a no-confidence motion, according to the committee ...Read more

Mattis says US is trying to keep Islamic State fighters from going home

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WASHINGTON –– The fight against Islamic State has shifted to stopping potential terrorists to their home countries to wreak havoc, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday.

Mattis provided details of the tactical shift he announced at the Pentagon May 19.

"We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one ...Read more

Boy Scouts insist on keeping sex-abuse cases secret

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For decades, secrets of alleged sexual abuse have been collecting dust in the Boy Scouts of America's headquarters in Irving, Texas, and in state and regional offices across the nation. And the Scouts are fighting hard to keep them locked away.

Former Scouts in Georgia and other states, many of them now middle-age, saythe national organization'...Read more

Kelly says laptop ban on international flights is still being considered

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WASHINGTON –– Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that he is still considering whether to ban laptop computers from the cabins of all international flights into and out of the U.S.

"That's really the thing that they're obsessed with, the terrorists: the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it's a U.S. ...Read more

Homeland Security chief defends 'back channel' to foreign nations

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WASHINGTON -- There is nothing inherently wrong with an incoming presidential administration establishing "back channel" communications with a foreign power such as Russia, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly said Sunday.

Kelly, on "Fox News Sunday," was asked about reports that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared ...Read more

Chicago was the only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016

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Chicago was along among the nation's 20 largest cities in losing population last year -- and it lost nearly double the number of residents as the year before, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

It's the city's third consecutive year of population loss for Chicago. The city's population fell by 8,638 residents from 2015 through 2016, to 2,704,...Read more

Senate intelligence panel's top Democrat wants Kushner to testify on Russia

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White House adviser Jared Kushner should appear before the House Intelligence Committee, and his security clearance needs to be reviewed in light of reports that he sought secret communications with Russia, the panel's top Democrat said Sunday.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California said he "fully" expects that the committee will want Kushner, ...Read more

Trump's move to isolate Iran could further strain Sunni-Shiite relations in Mideast

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WASHINGTON -- While President Donald Trump's recent visit to Saudi Arabia preached partnership with Muslim leaders to end terrorism, critics say his alignment with one side of the Middle East's sectarian divide could do more harm than good.

Trump's criticizing of Iran, a predominantly Shiite Muslim nation, and his move to align with majority ...Read more

A nuclear 'renaissance' is now a financial quagmire

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ATLANTA -- Southern Company's chief executive has said more than once that the giant utility's project to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle would be history-making.

He may be right, but not in the way he meant.

Years behind schedule, billions over budget, and with a key contractor's bankruptcy clouding its future, the troubled ...Read more

Thousands of people trapped in conflict zone in Philippine city

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MARAWI CITY, Philippines -- More than 2,200 people are trapped in the conflict zone in a besieged southern Philippine city, fearing for their lives from threats of Islamist militants and military airstrikes, a local official confirmed Sunday.

Residents have been sending appeals for help via text message, but rescue teams have not been able to ...Read more

 

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