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Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son on MLK Day

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Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son Monday to mark the national holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader's work -- and discuss the president-elect's war of words with Georgia Rep. John Lewis over the weekend.

"First of all, I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides," Martin ...Read more

After feud with a civil rights leader, Trump meets with Martin Luther King III

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III on Monday, a holiday commemorating the life of King's father, which this year was marked by Trump's quarrel with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights struggle.

King, the oldest surviving child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., described the meeting at Trump Tower as ...Read more

Big-money names behind inaugural start to come out despite Trump's secrecy plan

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is trying to keep the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities this week a secret -- a break from his Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all disclosed names of ...Read more

Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested on suspicion of obstruction

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The wife of a gunman in an attack at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub last summer that left 49 patrons dead was arrested outside Oakland, Calif., on Monday morning on suspicion of obstructing investigators, according to jail records.

Noor Zahi Salman, the wife of gunman Omar Mateen, will face federal charges filed in central Florida after making an ...Read more

Five killed in shooting in Mexico after music festival

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MEXICO CITY -- A shooting early Monday at a Mexican beach disco where people had gathered at the end of a music festival killed five people and injured 15, according to police.

Four of the dead were killed in an exchange of shots between two men, said Miguel Angel Pech Cen, the attorney general of the state of Quintana Roo. A woman who was ...Read more

North Carolina governor says he's in talks about repeal of House Bill 2

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday he sees an opening for another possible deal with legislative leaders to repeal House Bill 2.

In Charlotte to speak at the YMCA's annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday breakfast, the Democratic governor said he has been talking with GOP Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim...Read more

Myrlie Evers-Williams urges people to keep 'the spirit of the true America alive'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights activist and widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, said Monday that while Americans are being challenged as never before, they will "be all right" if the spirit of justice and equality stays strong.

Evers-Williams spoke to 2,000 Minnesotans at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. ...Read more

Chicago aldermen want federal investigation of city Law Department

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CHICAGO -- As the U.S. Justice Department asks Chicago to address deep flaws in police officers' use of force, a group of aldermen is accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Law Department of enabling the misconduct and is asking federal authorities to investigate.

The City Council's Progressive Caucus sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch...Read more

US sends 10 Guantanamo captives to Oman

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The Arabian Sea nation of Oman said Monday it has taken in 10 Guantanamo captives for the Obama administration, which is in a final push to thin the detention center population by Inauguration Day.

A Pentagon official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that the transfer had taken place, downsizing the detainee population to 45. ...Read more

It's Merkel vs. Facebook as Germany heads into election year

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BERLIN -- While celebrating the 2013 election victory that gave her a third term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel reached over a colleague's shoulder and removed a German flag from his hand. A video of that small gesture, meant to declutter an image she knew would soon rocket around the globe, went viral on social media as purported evidence ...Read more

Trump's EU, NATO snub stuns Europe's leaders, evoking unity call

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BRUSSELS -- European governments, stunned by President-elect Donald Trump's remarks slamming NATO and saying other European Union nations would follow the U.K. out of the bloc, called for cool heads and closer unity.

"I don't share his prediction that there are other Brexit-type departures from the EU on the horizon," Sandro Gozi, Italy's ...Read more

Trump offers Britain quick trade accord as he shuns Europe

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LONDON -- President-elect Donald Trump said he would offer the U.K. a quick and "fair" trade deal when he meets Prime Minister Theresa May shortly after taking office, as he signaled a major shift in trans-Atlantic relations.

"We're gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides," Trump said in an interview ...Read more

Study predicts decline in Dungeness crab from ocean acidification

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SEATTLE -- Dungeness crab are forecast to take a hit from ocean acidification driven by fossil-fuel combustion, according to a new study.

Though the populations of the Dungeness crab fluctuate year by year, their overall abundance by 2063 could be about 30 percent lower, according to federal fishery biologist Issac Kaplan, a co-author of the ...Read more

How these LA-born pink hats became worldwide symbol of anti-Trump women's march

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LOS ANGELES -- Krista Suh plans to attend the women's march in Washington, D.C., this week to protest Donald Trump's presidency, and she wanted to make a statement. But she also had a more primal goal: staying warm.

"I wanted to do something more than just show up," said the 29-year-old screenwriter who lives in downtown Los Angeles, recalling ...Read more

Trump won't yet say who's giving money for his inauguration

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is keeping the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities next week secret –– a break from Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, disclosed the names of donors ...Read more

Trump's transition hits a rough patch, polls show

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WASHINGTON -- As a developer and a reality-TV star, Donald Trump seemed to believe there was no such thing as too much publicity.

As president-elect, he's finding that's not so.

Trump hasn't yet taken the oath of office, but judging by the latest polls, he's already started to wear out his welcome.

In the weeks immediately after the election,...Read more

Obama acknowledges some failures, warns Trump about perils of Washington's partisanship

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WASHINGTON -- In a farewell interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," President Barack Obama warned successor Donald Trump on Sunday about the downsides of a presidency as improvisational as his campaign, and suggested that Trump's vow to implement change may fall to the same forces of partisanship that hampered his presidency.

"He clearly was able to ...Read more

Bishop Eddie Long, influential pastor at Georgia megachurch, dies

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ATLANTA -- Bishop Eddie L. Long, a former corporate salesman who went on to build Georgia's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, one of the most prominent ministries in the nation, if not the world, died Sunday after a battle with cancer.

He was 63.

Long's influence was felt in cities beyond Lithonia such as Charlotte, N.C., and Birmingham, ...Read more

Author of California histories and former State Librarian Kevin Starr dies at 76

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LOS ANGELES -- Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who wrote rich cultural, economic and political histories on the birth, growth and maturation of the Golden State, died on Saturday. He was 76.

Starr, a professor at the University of Southern California, died of a heart attack Saturday at a hospital in San Francisco, according to ...Read more

Obama doubts Trump can govern via Twitter, admits mistakes

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WASHINGTON ––Barack Obama used his final national television interview as president to express doubts that Donald Trump will be able to effectively govern by firing off tweets, and offered some advice about the president-elect's feud with the intelligence community.

In an interview shown Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes," Obama also acknowledged...Read more