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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

Pence pledges US commitment to EU on last European tour stop

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BRUSSELS -- Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. commitment to the European Union remains strong and the new administration would seek ways to bolster the relationship, just a month after Donald Trump questioned the bloc's viability and said NATO was "obsolete."

"It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong ...Read more

Kim Dotcom loses latest round in extradition saga

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost another legal round after the New Zealand High Court ruled that he and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States, but he said Monday his fight is far from over.

The U.S. has been seeking Dotcom's extradition on 13 counts including conspiracy to ...Read more

North Korea denounces probe into murder of Kim's half-brother

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- North Korea's envoy to Malaysia demanded to take part in the country's murder probe into the death of leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother last week, which he said was tainted by "collusion" with its arch-rival, South Korea.

Ambassador Kang Chol issued his statement in Kuala Lumpur after being summoned to Malaysia's ...Read more

Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the U.S. is not there to take oil

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BAGHDAD -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis made an unannounced visit to Iraq's capital on Monday to reassure allies of the U.S. military's commitment to support the sprawling operation to recapture the city of Mosul from entrenched Islamic State militants.

Ahead of the trip, however, Mattis made clear he did not advocate President Trump's oft...Read more

How do you cool a city in a warming world?

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LOS ANGELES -- Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. In Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer during scorching heat waves that saw highs of 100 degrees for five days straight.

If you think the city is too hot, you've got company at City Hall. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agrees, and he wants to do something ...Read more

Dazed and confused by Trump, Europe asks if it can step up alone

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence flew out of Munich on Sunday leaving America's allies relieved of some of their worst fears about the new administration's foreign policy, yet still uncertain as to who will formulate it.

And for many of the Europeans who listened to Pence, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security ...Read more

Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

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WASHINGTON -- On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut.

Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these kinds of devastating announcements -- Donald ...Read more