WASHINGTON -- A Democratic member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission said she will resign and called on President Donald Trump to fix a system that has allowed unaccountable money to flow into politics "from a tiny, highly unrepresentative segment of the population."
Ann Ravel said she'll step down March 1 from a term that would otherwise ...Read more
CHICAGO -- A man was killed and at least 10 other people, including an off-duty Cook County correctional officer, have been wounded in shootings across Chicago from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, police said.
The Cook County sheriff's deputy was shot about 8:35 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, police said. He was shot in ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As questions deepened about ties between President Trump's administration and Vladimir Putin's Russia, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus flatly denied Sunday that the two camps colluded during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Priebus, in a series of news-show interviews, also insisted that ousted national security advisor ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Officials said there was a high risk of flooding in parts of already-saturated Northern California as the latest "atmospheric river" storm moved in.
The National Weather Service on Sunday said the highest risk for flooding was in a large swath of the region from Monterey to Marin County on the coast then into the Sacramento ...Read more
Chances of a left-wing single candidacy in the French presidential election faded over the weekend as the main contenders seem unable to bridge their differences, while independent Emmanuel Macron got entangled in controversies over France's colonial past, leaving the race wide open nine weeks ahead of the vote.
Socialist Benoit Hamon and far-...Read more
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LONDON -- President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.
Trump's temporary travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries and his suspension of the U.S. refugee program justified not "rolling out the red carpet" for the president, ...Read more
SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its Saturday attempt because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket.
The rocket lifted off at 6:39 a.m. PST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the space company's first launch from Launch Complex 39A, the pad ...Read more
JOHANNESBURG -- The chief parliamentary whip of South Africa's ruling African National Congress threw his support behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the party's next leader and said the ANC is in danger of losing national power in two years.
While the ANC has told its members not to publicly discuss the race to succeed President Jacob ...Read more
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STOCKHOLM -- Sweden has asked the U.S. State Department to clarify remarks made by President Donald Trump implying that the Scandinavian country had been the target of a recent terrorist attack.
Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson told dpa on Sunday that the Swedish embassy in Washington had sought clarification after Swedish...Read more
QUNAITERAH, Iraq -- Iraqi forces early Sunday began a large-scale offensive to seize the western side of Mosul, Islamic State's de facto capital in Iraq.
It was the long-expected second phase of the campaign to retake the remainder of the crucial city, Iraq's second-largest, launched 26 days after the government declared that it had "liberated"...Read more
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- U.S. special forces are operating near the front lines in the battle to retake western Mosul from Islamic State, but Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Sunday during a visit to Arab allies here that there has been no change to rules of engagement regarding U.S. forces' role in the Iraqi operation since ...Read more
NEW DELHI -- Thousands of villagers in northern India have been living in fear and torment after attacks by tigers from a nearby reserve claimed seven lives, officials and news reports said Sunday.
The man-eating tigers have terrorized 30 villages around the Pilibhit tiger reserve, the Times of India daily reported.
Farmers, who make most of ...Read more
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Sunday that the media is not the "enemy of the American people," refusing to align with President Donald Trump's startling declaration last week.
"I've had some contentious times with the press," he said in response to a question about whether he saw the media as an ...Read more
MUNICH, Germany -- On Feb. 7, Donald Trump used his first tweet of the day to distance himself from Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Twenty minutes later in Berlin, the Chancellery issued a statement detailing Angela Merkel's latest conversation with the Russian leader.
The call was Merkel's second in three weeks with Putin to discuss the conflict ...Read more
MUNICH, Germany -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham promised Sunday that Congress will press ahead with a bill to sanction Russia for interfering in the U.S. presidential election, and investigate the methods it used, to make sure other countries don't fall victim to similar hacking attacks.
Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, called on ...Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian police say four suspects linked to the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, have fled the country.
"I confirm today the perpetrators, the four suspects are from North Korea (without diplomatic passports) have left our country on the same day (of Kim Jong Nam'...Read more
CAIRO -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Sunday the start of a military operation to drive Islamic State from the western part of Mosul, which is currently still under the extremist militia's control.
"We announce the start of a new phase in the Operation (codenamed) 'We Are Coming Nineveh' to liberate the western side of Mosul,"...Read more
California is not the only place in the West confronting startling amounts of rain and snow.
Drought conditions have declined substantially across the region in recent weeks, with heavy storms replenishing reservoirs and piling fresh powder on ski resorts.
Yet there is one place where the precipitation has been particularly welcome and could ...Read more
In November 1951, the Dartmouth and Princeton football teams played a season-ending game that resulted in a seminal work on the nature of human cognition.
Princeton won the contest, to finish the season undefeated. Of more lasting consequence, though, was the research that followed -- a psychological case study that provides a helpful overlay ...Read more
Bill Croyle stood in front of an aerial photo of Lake Oroville and swept his hand across the top of the emergency spillway that was helping drain water out of the brimming reservoir.
"Solid rock. All this is rock," Croyle, acting director of the Department of Water Resources, said with an air of confidence at the Feb. 11 briefing.
The flows ...Read more
- Defense Secretary Mattis breaks with Trump on declaring that media are 'enemy of the American people'
- Merkel's back channel to Putin parallels Trump shift on Ukraine
- What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks
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- Lindsey Graham says 2017 is all about hitting back at Russia