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Senate confirms Trump's choice for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, was overwhelmingly confirmed Monday by the Senate.

Senators voted 66-32 despite resistance from a core group of Democrats who remained critical of Pompeo's shifting views on the government's surveillance programs. They also wanted assurances he would oppose ...Read more

Woman smears bananas on cars at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, police say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A banana-wielding, trespassing, U.S. postal worker marred Inauguration Day at President Donald Trump's newly dubbed winter White House in Palm Beach, according to police.

A few hours before Trump on Friday took the oath of office in Washington, D.C., a woman smeared bananas on cars parked at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, ...Read more

FBI refuses to say how stolen machine gun was stored in agent's car

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The sponsor of a new California law requiring law enforcement officers to lock up guns in parked vehicles said on Monday that the FBI should be more forthcoming about how a powerful submachine gun was stolen from an agent's car in central Contra Costa County two weeks ago.

"There should absolutely be more transparency from ...Read more

White House press secretary signals he'll be as sensitive to media coverage as his boss

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's top spokesman gave an unusually raw assessment of his boss' views about the media Monday.

Even after moving into the White House, the new leader of the free world doesn't appear to have gotten over the slights of not being taken seriously. Trump finds what's written and said about him frustrating, ...Read more

Analysis: Trump moves quickly in bid to revamp America's trade policy

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WASHINGTON -- It was quick and easy for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

With a stroke of his new presidential pen, he buried the massive Pacific free-trade agreement that the Obama administration had painstakingly negotiated, even though the 12-nation accord had been ...Read more

Size of online audience for inauguration may never be known

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WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer Monday stuck by his claim that more people watched the inauguration of Donald Trump than any other in history.

"It was the most watched inaugural," Spicer said, repeating an assertion he made over the weekend, when both he and President Trump complained that the news media was intentionally ...Read more

Sessions won't recuse himself from handling Trump's possible conflicts of interest if confirmed

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Sessions says he won't recuse himself from handling any potential conflicts of interest involving President Donald Trump or his family members if confirmed as the nation's next attorney general.

"If merely being a supporter of the president's during the campaign warranted recusal from involvement in any matter involving ...Read more

White House opens door to military cooperation with Moscow, but it would be illegal

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WASHINGTON -- The White House indicated Monday that President Donald Trump would be open to military cooperation with Russia to fight Islamic State, a move that would be a big policy change for the U.S. government, and one that would run afoul of current law.

"I think if there's a way that we can combat ISIS with any country, whether it's ...Read more

Mnuchin says excessively strong dollar may hurt US economy

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said an "excessively strong dollar" could have a negative short-term effect on the economy.

"The strength of the dollar has historically been tied to the strength of the U.S. economy and the faith that investors have in doing business in America," Mnuchin said in written responses, ...Read more

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Kaine spent inauguration night presiding over same-sex wedding

WASHINGTON -- If he had his way, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., would have been the one taking the oath of office to become vice president on Friday.

However, after attending the inauguration to watch his opponent Mike Pence become vice president, Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton's running ...Read more

Haley could be confirmed as Trump's UN ambassador Tuesday

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley could be confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as early as Tuesday, ushering in a new governor in Henry McMaster and a secession game in the state Senate.

First, Haley must get an official nod of approval from the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The committee is ...Read more

Spokesman says Trump believes 'a lot' of marchers weren't protesting him

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One day after President Donald Trump jeered Women's March demonstrators on Twitter -- writing, "Why didn't these people vote?" -- his top spokesman said Monday that Trump also thinks many of those at the rallies around the world were not protesting him.

Trump is "cognizant to the fact that a lot of these people were there to protest an issue of...Read more

Cosby accuser Constand seen in Norristown for first time since charges filed

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Andrea Constand, the key prosecution witness in Bill Cosby's pending sexual assault trial, came to Norristown Monday for a deposition in her defamation lawsuit against the former district attorney who declined to press charges based on her allegations in 2005.

Constand's deposition comes as she prepares to take the witness ...Read more

Jeffrey MacDonald case gets new airing in 2 courts: law and public opinion

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jeffrey MacDonald's decades-old murder case has generated several books, a TV miniseries and the cover story in this week's People magazine as well as a 42-minute documentary produced by the People/Entertainment Weekly Network.

This week, the former Army doctor continues his fight to overturn a 1979 jury verdict that he ...Read more

Senate committee approves Tillerson as secretary of state

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WASHINGTON -- Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil CEO selected by President Donald Trump to be secretary of state, won approval Monday from a Senate committee, all but guaranteeing his confirmation to the job.

The vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was 11-10, cast along party lines. The nomination now moves to the full Senate.

Several ...Read more

In final insult, Gambia's ex-leader looted millions of dollars, his successor says

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JOHANNESBURG -- The last act of a dictator who ruled his country for 22 years was massive embezzlement, according to the new government of Gambia, where Yahya Jammeh was forced to give up power under West African military and diplomatic pressure.

Jammeh tried to cling to power after losing elections last month, but neighboring West African ...Read more

Trump administration downplays expectations on moving US Embassy in Israel

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Monday appeared to be attempting to downplay expectations over a quick move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in his first briefing Monday, was asked repeatedly about President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to move the embassy in Israel ...Read more

Trump fires up English-only debate with missing Spanish page

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, whose relationship with Latinos already is frosty, has taken down the White House's Spanish-language website, and in the process may have kicked off another fiery English-only debate.

It was unclear Monday whether the elimination of Spanish was permanent; White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not directly ...Read more

Trump signals that deporting young immigrants in the US illegally is not an immediate priority

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who promised during the campaign to "immediately terminate" a controversial program that shields from deportation more than 742,000 people brought to the country illegally as children, has put off canceling it.

The Trump administration is continuing to accept applications for two-year work permits and ...Read more

Trump names FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, a net neutrality foe, to be the agency's chairman

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Monday designated Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission and an outspoken opponent of new net neutrality rules, to be the agency's new chairman.

Pai, 44, would take over for Tom Wheeler, a Democrat who stepped down on Friday. Wheeler's term had not expired but Trump gets to ...Read more