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Yiannopoulos gets disinvited from national conservative conference

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Milo Yiannopoulos, the far-right provocateur whose scheduled speeches at the University of California, Berkeley and UC Davis were canceled this year amid violent protests, has now been kicked off the national stage by conservatives because of controversial remarks and jokes he made last year about the sexual abuse of minors. ...Read more

Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in 4 countries face starvation

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JOHANNESBURG -- The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.

The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.

The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan...Read more

Trump has a 'very big personality,' says Australia's Turnbull

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SYDNEY -- U.S. President Donald Trump has a "very big personality" with a "very big job," according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"We've had several conversations now, they've been constructive, frank and forthright," Turnbull, 62, said on Tuesday in a Bloomberg Television interview in Sydney. He said his government's approach ...Read more

Oroville dam holding steady below flood control stage

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lake Oroville water levels have fallen below 850 feet, the flood control stage that officials normally want to keep the lake below this time of year, state figures show.

In addition, water continues to flow into Lake Oroville at a slower pace than it is flowing out, meaning that lake levels continue to drop, albeit slowly....Read more

Tribes bury remains of ancient ancestor known as Kennewick Man

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SEATTLE -- In the high desert of the Columbia Plateau, more than 200 people gathered early Saturday to lay the Ancient One to rest, returning his 9,000-year-old remains to an undisclosed location not far from the Columbia River.

There was a feeling of finality and catharsis for those who had fought for 20 years to reclaim and repatriate the ...Read more

Feds say at least 12 aircraft violated restrictions during Trump's Florida visit

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.

Eight of those crossed the line ...Read more

'I pee with LGBT' ad attacks Texas transgender bathroom bill

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A web-based ad, shot by Austin film director Richard Linklater, uses humor to attack arguments that the transgender bathroom bill is needed to protect privacy.

The digital ad, which will appear in targeted buys on Facebook, includes a diverse cast -- including two transgender Texans -- to argue that Senate Bill 6 is about ...Read more

Trump names H.R. McMaster, Army strategist, as his new national security adviser

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday, replacing Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week.

McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military's most prominent intellectuals.

"He is highly respected by everyone in the ...Read more

Trump state visit debate gives UK lawmakers time to sound off

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LONDON -- For the second time in just over a year, the British Parliament debated the prospect of a visit from Donald Trump.

In January 2015, the question was whether the U.S. presidential candidate should be allowed into the country. Trump opponents having suffered some setbacks since then, and the question this time was whether, when he comes...Read more

Can a mouse meditate? Why these researchers want to find out

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Can a mouse meditate? A new study suggests the answer is ... kind of.

Researchers from the University of Oregon in Eugene have replicated some of the same brain patterns exhibited by human meditators in the brains of mice -- no tiny meditation cushions or squeaky "oms" required.

Still, experiments show that the "meditating mice" were more ...Read more

Trump names H.R. McMaster, Army strategist, as his new national security adviser

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser Monday, replacing Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign last week.

McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military's most prominent intellectuals.

Trump also said that John Bolton, the former ...Read more

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's sharp-tongued ambassador to the UN, dies

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MOSCOW -- Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on Monday, following a career that spanned four decades and saw Russia emerge from the Soviet Union and experience many turbulent events in its relations with the West.

Churkin, who "died suddenly," a day before his 65th birthday, was a "great ...Read more

Damage to Oroville's main spillway 'was an accident waiting to happen'

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LOS ANGELES -- The badly damaged main concrete spillway at Oroville Dam was pounded by massive volumes of stormwater this month, but its failures occurred well short of the maximum flow that engineers designed the system to handle.

The spillway began breaking apart when its gates were opened Feb. 7, allowing 55,000 cubic feet of water per ...Read more

1 officer dead, another injured in shootout in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- One officer was killed and a second injured in a shootout with a gang member who was wounded in the Monday morning altercation in Whittier, authorities said.

Two Whittier Police Department officers responding to the scene of a traffic collision were getting out of their vehicle about 8 a.m. when a gang member driving a stolen car...Read more

Russia's longtime UN ambassador dies in New York

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MOSCOW -- Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

"A great diplomat, an extraordinary person," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a post on her Facebook page. "We have lost a loved one."

Churkin, who ...Read more

Worldwide movement of major arms highest since end of Cold War

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NEW DELHI -- Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world's largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found.

Between 2012 and 2016, India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports, followed by ...Read more

Tensions rise in Ecuador as presidential runoff too close to call

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QUITO, Ecuador -- The results of Sunday's contentious presidential race remained too close to call early Monday, as ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno said he'd likely avoided a runoff and his rivals warned of fraud.

With 82 percent of the vote counted, the National Electoral Council said Moreno had won 39.11 percent of the vote versus his ...Read more

Sessions letter from last year shows new DHS orders have long history

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WASHINGTON -- The harsh new draft orders signed last week by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that would considerably expand the number of immigrants who could be detained and deported were largely endorsed by then-Sen. Jeff Sessions months before he took office as attorney general.

In a July 6 letter to Obama administration...Read more

4 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings

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CHICAGO -- Four people were fatally shot and 25 others were wounded in shootings during an unusually warm winter weekend.

As of Monday, there have been at least 88 homicides and at least 468 shooting victims, according to data compiled by the Tribune. The number of homicides is a slight decrease from the 90 homicides the city had logged this ...Read more

Dangerous flooding likely as powerful storm barrels into Northern California

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OROVILLE, Calif. -- Large swaths of Northern California were on high alert for flooding Monday as a powerful new storm dumped large amounts of rain on an already saturated region where levees, dams and other waterways are already under major stress.

Officials said residents should be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice and should be ...Read more