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27 killed in dual car bombings in Benghazi

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TRIPOLI, Libya -- Two car bombings in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday killed 27 people and injured 42 others, local hospital officials have said.

Two bombs exploded close to a mosque in the al-Salmani region of the coastal city. Eyewitnesses said that the first bomb exploded as worshippers were leaving the mosque.

A number of the ...Read more

She fought back against illegal loggers. Now she's been found strangled on a highway in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Like many residents of the pine-covered hills of Cheran in central Mexico, Guadalupe Campanur led a life of radical resistance.

As a young woman in 2011, she joined town leaders in fighting back against illegal loggers and drug traffickers accused of murdering local farmers.

She later played a role when the town's newly formed ...Read more

Trump makes it clear as he heads to Davos: America first, period

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WASHINGTON -- On the eve of his trip to Switzerland to meet with world leaders and promote his "America First" agenda, President Donald Trump signed an order slapping tariffs on solar panel and washing machine imports.

His action, he said Tuesday, "helps to create jobs in America for Americans."

It also helps create a tough tone for the World ...Read more

Senate easily confirms Jerome Powell to be next Federal Reserve chairman

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to confirm Jerome H. Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, allowing him to take over when Janet L. Yellen's term expires early next month.

Powell, 64, a well-respected Republican who has served as a governor on the Fed board since 2012, enjoyed broad bipartisan support, ...Read more

Pence's formula for survival: Praise Trump and act as pin cushion for angry allies

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WASHINGTON -- Sitting directly across the table from Jordan's King Abdullah II, Vice President Mike Pence's face kept a placid, mask-like quality as Abdullah publicly lit into him over and over for not heeding Arab concerns over the White House decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The king's voice, polished at Sandhurst and ...Read more

In less than 2 hours in Chicago, shootings kill 1 and wound 4

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CHICAGO -- In less than two hours Monday, a man was killed and four other people were wounded, including a 14-year-old girl, in shootings on the South and West sides of Chicago, according to police.

That brought to eight the number of people shot between Monday and Tuesday mornings in the city, police said.

About 3:45 p.m. on the South Side, a...Read more

Mueller said to plan questions for Trump on Flynn, Comey firing

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WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to question President Donald Trump about his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey as well as the removal of Michael Flynn as national security adviser, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Trump's lawyers have held several conversation with Mueller's team in recent ...Read more

Rep. Pat Meehan says he saw younger aide as 'soul mate' but denies harassment

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep Pat Meehan said Tuesday he had developed a deep "affection" for a younger aide and told her that he saw her as a "soul mate" as they talked over ice cream one night last year, but in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer he said he never pursued a romantic relationship with the woman, who later accused him of sexual ...Read more

Safe-injection sites to fight opioid overdose deaths get green light from Philadelphia officials

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia, with the highest opioid death rate of any major American city, on Tuesday announced plans to encourage the opening of sites where people can inject drugs under medical supervision.

And though the precise locations of Philadelphia sites have not been established, the city could be the first in America to open an ...Read more

Venezuela sets presidential vote by April 30 after EU sanctions

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CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela appears set to hold presidential elections before the end of April, a plan abruptly announced after the European Union blacklisted seven key allies of President Nicolas Maduro.

Diosdado Cabello, second in command of the ruling socialist party and among those sanctioned, on Tuesday announced the vote in the South ...Read more

Not considered a serious rebel while alive, Venezuelan emerges as powerful symbol after death

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He had to die to be taken seriously.

Oscar Perez, 36, stepped into the spotlight pulling a couple of daring stunts to try to jump-start an insurrection against the Nicolas Maduro regime. But the former cop, who also was a pilot and aspiring actor, was distrusted -- even openly rejected -- by most in the Venezuelan opposition movement. Until he ...Read more

Satanist argues her religious abortion rights case before the Missouri Supreme Court

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A woman who says Missouri abortion law violates her religious beliefs brought her case before the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The woman, identified in court documents as Mary Doe, is an adherent of the Satanic Temple. She names Gov. Eric Greitens as a defendant.

Doe's New Jersey-based attorney, James Mac Naughton, ...Read more

Prosecutors will seek death penalty for Tampa serial murder suspect

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- State Attorney Andrew Warren announced Tuesday prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the Seminole Heights murder cases against Howell Donaldson III.

"This case, in which the defendant murdered four innocent victims in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner, qualifies," Warren said.

Donaldson is facing four counts of...Read more

Upset about his schedule, Taco Bell employee allegedly attacked co-worker with a burrito

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Taco Bell employee angry about working the morning shift is accused of attacking a co-worker with a hot burrito.

The incident took place on Monday at a Spartanburg, S.C., Taco Bell, where a woman said that one of her employees got angry at her and threw at hot burrito before storming out of the restaurant, according to a ...Read more

Cuba is selecting deputies for the National Assembly. Guess who's on the ballot?

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Nominating commissions across Cuba have chosen their candidates for the National Assembly of People's Power, Cuba's parliament, which in turn will select Cuba's next president in April.

Although the election has been viewed as a generational shift with Raul Castro, 86, expected to retire as president of the Council of State and Council of ...Read more

2 15-year-olds dead, 12 others wounded in Kentucky high school shooting

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A shooting at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky has killed two 15-year-olds and wounded 12 others, according to Kentucky State Police.

A 15-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were killed and a dozen more were wounded by gunshots, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday during a news conference on the shooting.

Five ...Read more

At least 7 taken to hospitals after fatal shooting at Kentucky high school

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A shooting at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky has killed one victim and wounded multiple others, according to Kentucky State Police.

At least seven victims were taken to hospitals.

The shooting was reported in the high school commons, according to a Broadcastify recording of law enforcement scanner traffic ...Read more

Nine-year-old's death by stray bullet: 'It's the worst nightmare'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nine-year-old Dominic Young Jr. spent most of Saturday roller skating, bowling and playing video games with his dad and his extended family.

But for reasons that makes no sense to his family, he didn't make it home alive.

Dominic died Saturday night, apparently hit by a stray bullet in Kansas City as his father drove him ...Read more

David Hawkings: When a shutdown amounts to a mulligan

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It may be hard to believe now, especially for those whose lives were upended the past three days, but this could end up being remembered as the "Never mind" shutdown.

Since the federal government was fully back in business Tuesday -- after just one weekday when the lights were only partially and inconsistently turned off -- both parties in ...Read more

California county issued conflicting evacuation warnings before deadly Montecito mudslides

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LOS ANGELES -- In the days before deadly mudslides devastated Montecito, Santa Barbara County officials released conflicting evacuation instructions that left some hard-hit neighborhoods out of the warning zone.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office posted on its website and on Facebook a list of voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas for...Read more