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Pence's visit to Israel is shadowed by Palestinian snub over Jerusalem

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TEL AVIV, Israel ––Vice President Mike Pence headed to Israel as hope faded for a peace deal with the Palestinians, which has been a centerpiece of the Trump administration's Middle East policy.

Pence spent two days consulting with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan before plunging directly into an Israeli-Palestinian fray that has intensified...Read more

Turkey, ignoring US warnings, attacks Kurds in Syria

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ANKARA, Turkey –– Turkey pushed ahead with a ground offensive against Kurdish forces in northwest Syria -- in defiance of the United States -- to create what it called a security buffer along the border.

Turkish soldiers moved into the town of Afrin Sunday morning, penetrating 3 miles from the Turkish border, NTV television reported, ...Read more

Hardship and chaos as federal shutdown moves into 2nd day

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WASHINGTON -- As a government shutdown entered its second day Sunday, Congress and President Donald Trump were poised to face deepening criticism unless they made a deal to reopen the government before the workweek begins.

A rare weekend schedule continued on Capitol Hill, with voting possible, but negotiations over a possible stopgap measure ...Read more

Biggest hurdle for Trump's border wall is remote, rugged terrain

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WASHINGTON -- Santa Elena Canyon, part of Big Bend National Park in Texas, is known for its red rock cliffs that drop more than 1,000 feet into the Rio Grande River. The late naturalist and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas once wrote that Santa Elena "is a canyon to travel with the utmost respect."

If President Donald Trump proceeds ...Read more

Kabul hotel guests hid in terror as Taliban attackers searched floor-to-floor

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials raised the death toll at Kabul's Intercontinental hotel to 19 Sunday as the Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest major attack on civilians in the Afghan capital.

U.S. military advisers responded to the attack along with Afghan special operations forces during a 14-hour siege that began when four ...Read more

Germany's Social Democrats endorse coalition talks with Merkel

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BONN, Germany –– Germany's Social Democrats backed coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel after a divisive party convention, marking a potential breakthrough toward her fourth term.

A narrow majority of the 600 SPD delegates gathered in Bonn voted in favor of negotiations to renew a "grand coalition" with Merkel's Christian ...Read more

Judge finds no fault in destruction of 'black site' despite protective order

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The trial judge in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks case has ruled that he and the prosecution did nothing wrong in authorizing the destruction of a former CIA "black site" prison without advance notice to defense attorneys.

The ruling was not available on the Pentagon war court website, which posts court...Read more

Inside the Turpins' home in Texas before they moved to Perris, Calif.

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RIO VISTA, Texas --To neighbor Ricky Vinyard, the Turpin family seemed odd from the moment they arrived at the end of his remote dirt road in this small town 50 miles south of Fort Worth.

"When they moved in, they were really mysterious people. They didn't talk to us or socialize," Vinyard said of that day in 2000.

His suspicions about how ...Read more

Rocket Lab's Electron rocket reaches orbit and deploys satellites

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Rocket Lab's Electron rocket successfully reached orbit and deployed three satellites Saturday night Pacific time in the Huntington Beach, Calif., rocket company's second test flight.

The small-satellite launch company's Electron rocket carried an Earth-imaging satellite and two satellites that enable weather and ship tracking, which were ...Read more

Facing rival, Feinstein is tougher on Trump

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WASHINGTON--California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has long relied on her reputation as a compromiser to get things done in Washington.

But since President Donald Trump was elected, Feinstein has faced grumbling from progressive activists back home who are upset by her penchant for moderation. Anger toward Feinstein crystallized last fall when she ...Read more

Retiring LA police chief reflects on his career

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LOS ANGELES -- It was an uncertain time when Charlie Beck took the helm of the Los Angeles Police Department slightly more than eight years ago.

The agency had undergone sweeping reforms under a consent decree imposed after the Rampart corruption scandal, but officers in gang units were balking at new rules requiring them to disclose personal ...Read more

Five killed, six wounded in Kabul hotel siege

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KABUL -- At least five people were killed and six others have been wounded after militants attacked the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul Saturday, an official said.

At least 100 people, with 16 foreigners including eight women have been rescued from the hotel so far, Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said Sunday.

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Texas neighbors suspected Turpins before move to California

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RIO VISTA, Texas -- To neighbor Ricky Vinyard, the Turpin family seemed odd from the moment they arrived at the end of his remote dirt road in this small town 50 miles south of Fort Worth, where they had lived earlier.

"When they moved in, they were really mysterious people. They didn't talk to us or socialize," recalled Vinyard of that day in ...Read more

'Serial stowaway' got past TSA, spent night at O'Hare before flight to London, prosecutors say

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CHICAGO -- A woman notorious for stowing away on commercial airplanes made it past two TSA agents at O'Hare International Airport by hiding her face with her hair, and then stayed overnight at the airport before sneaking onto a plane and flying to London, prosecutors said Saturday.

Marilyn Hartman, 66, faces a felony theft charge in connection ...Read more

Pence gets an earful in Cairo as he begins Middle East tour

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CAIRO –– Vice President Mike Pence met with Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Saturday in a 2 1/2-hour session that focused, in part, on Egypt's anger over President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"We heard el-Sissi out," Pence, who is making his first official trip to the Middle ...Read more

Republicans' Schumer poster rankles Democrat, prompts decorum vote

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WASHINGTON –– Partisan tensions were so high on the first day of the government shutdown that a House Democrat forced the chamber to vote on the question of whether a Republican poster depicting Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer violated House decorum rules.

The poster pictured Schumer, D-N.Y., with a comment he made in 2013 saying ...Read more

Democrats energized by intraparty 'Resistance'

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WASHINGTON –– Jennifer Mosbacher cried in a doctor's office the morning after Donald Trump's election, unable to control herself during a routine physical. The Atlanta suburbanite had avoided politics her entire life but was overcome with shock by an outcome she never saw coming.

She decided to act on her anger. In the year since, a woman ...Read more

With government shut down, so are many national parks, though some remain open

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On Saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. Others have partial services with limited staff as part of a plan worked out in recent days by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The National Parks Conservation Association, a nonpartisan group ...Read more

Shutdown belies Trump's claim to be a skilled dealmaker

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WASHINGTON -- It turns out that Donald Trump's greatest strength in the 2016 presidential race was not his business acumen but rather Hillary Clinton's unpopularity.

Tens of millions of Americans were so turned off by Clinton's representation of establishment politics that they took a chance on an unorthodox candidate with no political ...Read more

Cruz, protagonist of 2013 shutdown, wants to keep the lights on this time

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WASHINGTON -- The star of Washington's last shutdown is working to keep the government open this time.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, could still pay a political price for this weekend's drama on Capitol Hill, if voters blame the Republican-controlled Congress for failing to reach a deal on a bill to fund the government.

Republicans fear that a lack ...Read more