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US, Taliban negotiators close to peace deal, officials say

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- The U.S. and Taliban leaders are close to reaching a peace deal that would see the eventual withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and an end to the 18-year long conflict, according to the militant group's spokesman and a person familiar with the talks in Washington.

It's the second time in recent months the two ...Read more

Study finds meth use interferes with opioid treatment

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SEATTLE -- When Dr. Judith Tsui moved from Boston to Seattle five years ago, she immediately recognized something she didn't see much back East: People seeking treatment for opioid use disorder were also using methamphetamine.

That alarmed Tsui, a University of Washington Medicine clinician and researcher specializing in addiction treatment. ...Read more

'Bernie just drove me crazy': Hillary Clinton slams Sanders in new documentary

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Hillary Clinton has a few things to say about her former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

In "Hillary," a four-part Hulu documentary series premiering at this week's Sundance Film Festival, the former presidential candidate expresses her irritation with the independent from Vermont, dismissing his track record as a senator and noting the "vitriol" ...Read more

How Philly plans to combat the nation's worst big-city opioid crisis in 2020

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia is home to the worst urban opioid crisis in America. More than 3,000 people have died of drug overdoses here in the last three years, and the city health department estimates that tens of thousands of Philadelphians are addicted to opioids. As the epidemic has worsened, city officials, hospitals, and outreach workers...Read more

Invasive or helpful? University using students' phones to track if they are in class or not

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- University of Missouri students, be warned: If it's not Big Brother watching you, it might be your professors and university administrators.

The school is using hidden technology and an app on student cellphones to keep track of who is in class and who is not.

Officials say it's for the students' own good. Besides, they say...Read more

Grandmother separated from 2-year-old when released into US after being in 'Remain in Mexico' program

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SAN DIEGO -- Border officials separated a Guatemalan grandmother from her 2-year-old granddaughter before releasing both into the United States after they waited in Tijuana together for months under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Telma Chavarria, 40, had previously been returned to Tijuana with her granddaughter after ...Read more

Trump rejects warnings of environmental crisis in speech at Davos

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DAVOS, Switzerland -- President Donald Trump bragged Tuesday about the American economy and rejected warnings that the world is barreling toward an environmental crisis, a key concern at this year's World Economic Forum.

Speaking to the annual economic summit in the Swiss Alps, Trump boasted of producing more "traditional fuels" like natural ...Read more

Warren puts gender at the center of her final campaign push

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GRIMES, Iowa -- Three years after women flooded the streets of American cities to protest President Donald Trump's election, two years since a record number of women ran for Congress and helped Democrats win control of the House, and one year after a record number of women decided to run for president, the Democratic Party is still embroiled in ...Read more

Washington may mandate 'comprehensive' sex education for all public schools

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SEATTLE -- You might not know this, but in Washington, schools don't have to teach sex education.

State law only requires school districts to teach students about HIV and AIDS prevention every year, starting no later than the fifth grade. But after a failed attempt last year, lawmakers are again trying to make comprehensive sexual health ...Read more

'Even if you are missing a foot, missing a hand, you must live,' says Haiti quake survivor

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- When Haiti commemorated the 10th anniversary of the worst natural disaster in its history this month, with they laying of wreaths and the reading of the names of the missing, Ginette Sainfort did what she has done every Jan. 12 since the earth moved that day.

She walked into a church and gave thanks.

Sainfort, who ...Read more

Llamas and ostriches were taken from an exotic meat farm. Was it theft or rescue?

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LOS ANGELES -- Before sunrise one day in December, thieves sneaked into Anshu Pathak's exotic meat farm in Riverside County and pulled off a singular heist.

Someone cut away a section of fence. The evidence, Pathak said, suggests that they backed a trailer into the gap and lured up to 30 llamas and 160 ostriches inside. Also, emus, lambs, goats...Read more

How dams and climate change are choking Asia's great lake

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KAMPONG LUONG, Cambodia -- For more than half a century, January meant prime fishing season for Pang Bin. He took his wooden boat out into Cambodia's largest lake, his catches and their sales sustaining his family for much of the year.

This month, the 75-year-old decided to call it quits, but not because of age or any health concerns.

"No fish...Read more

Trump will play economic pitchman in Davos. But will he stay on message?

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DAVOS, Switzerland -- President Donald Trump is expected to embrace one of his favorite roles at the annual economic forum here Tuesday, pitchman-in-chief for a robust American economy while he runs for reelection.

Trump's aides hope his visit to this tony Swiss Alps ski resort will project an image of the president cutting deals for the ...Read more

Republicans hold the cards at Trump's impeachment trial — but that could change

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in earnest Tuesday with a tussle between Republicans and Democrats over whether witnesses should be called immediately, a question that is all but certain to remain unresolved until after the first phase of the trial, when the two sides present their arguments.

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Controlled burns prevent California wildfires, study says. Why aren't there more?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Experts from Stanford University are calling for more prescribed burns to prevent devastating wildfires in California, pointing to new research that asks why the approach hasn't been pursued more aggressively in the fire-plagued state.

"We need a colossal expansion of fuel treatments," said Stanford doctoral student Rebecca ...Read more

4th person dies of China virus as human transmission is confirmed

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The outbreak of a virus originating in central China entered a new phase of severity as multiple medical workers were reported to have been infected and the death count grew to four people.

The spread to medical workers indicates that the illness is more easily transmitted than previously thought, bringing it to a higher risk level reminiscent ...Read more

Caravan of 3,000 tests Mexico's pact with Trump to stop migrants

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MEXICO CITY -- A caravan of as many as 3,000 migrants is testing Mexico's pledge to President Donald Trump to halt undocumented arrivals to the U.S.

For the first time since Mexico began its full-scale crackdown against migrants, a caravan is clashing with Mexican security forces at the country's southern border. After being turned away at a ...Read more

Feds investigate causes of a norovirus outbreak at Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Eric Reynolds was sleeping after a day supervising middle-schoolers in Yosemite Valley when he was startled awake by the sound of someone pounding on his cabin door.

"Mr. Reynolds!" one student said. "My roommate just threw up all over the place!"

At first, he assumed it was food poisoning from chicken nuggets...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Arrest made in San Antonio bar shooting that killed 2, injured 5

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting at a San Antonio bar on Sunday night that left two dead and five injured, according to police.

Kiernan Christopher Williams, 19, was arrested on Monday afternoon and faces capital murder charges.

San Antonio Police...Read more

Prince's estate quietly dismisses wrongful-death claims

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Prince's estate has dismissed wrongful-death claims against Walgreens pharmacy and a doctor who had prescribed pain medications for the musician before he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl nearly four years ago.

The dismissals, filed in Carver County District Court over the past several months, almost certainly resulted ...Read more