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White House denies any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

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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

'High risk' of flooding Monday in Northern California as waterways reach their limits

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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

France's presidential race open as leftists fail to join forces

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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

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be denied

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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 launches supplies to space station

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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

ANC parliamentary whip backs Ramaphosa to be next party leader

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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

What happened in Sweden? Country asks Trump to clarify rally remarks

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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

Offensive to rout Islamic State out of west Mosul is underway, as US steps up airstrikes

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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

Defense Secretary James Mattis says US air forces heavily involved in Mosul operation

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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

Series of tiger killings put Indian villages under 'curfew'

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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

Defense Secretary Mattis breaks with Trump on declaring that media are 'enemy of the American people'

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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

Merkel's back channel to Putin parallels Trump shift on Ukraine

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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

Lindsey Graham says 2017 is all about hitting back at Russia

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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

Police: Four suspects linked to Kim Jong Nam's killing fled Malaysia

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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

Iraq announces operation to retake western Mosul from Islamic State

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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

Wet winter may help Colorado River push off problems, but it will not end the drought

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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

Analysis: Seeing politics through a partisan prism

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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

Faith in spillway sparked crisis

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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

SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

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SpaceX scrubbed its launch of a space station supply mission seconds before liftoff Saturday morning, citing a possible problem with the second stage of its Falcon 9 rocket.

The Hawthorne, Calif., space company said it would try to launch again Sunday morning at 6:38 a.m. Pacific time from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape ...Read more

Anniversary of Japanese internment order resonates in Trump's world view

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SEATTLE--It wasn't until they were locked behind barbed-wire fences, and assigned to either barracks or horse stalls for living quarters at the state fairgrounds in Puyallup, that it all suddenly became real.

Until that moment it did not seem possible that the United States would turn against its own citizens, said Louise Kashino-Takisaki, 90, ...Read more