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  • After oath, Trump faces ambitious Day 1 to-do list

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:26:12 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump campaigned on a detailed and extensive to-do list for his first day in office. A day before his swearing-in, his team was being coy about when and how he plans to cross items off it.

  • UN alarm that most of al-Shabab's force in Somalia are kids

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:19:00 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is alarmed at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by al-Shabab Islamic extremists in Somalia.

  • Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:14:54 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Friday it will announce on Jan. 23 the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire.

  • Up to 117 civilians died in strikes during Obama presidency

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:07:11 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials say as many as 117 civilians have been killed in drone and other counterterror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere during President Barack Obama's presidency.

  • Judge in ex-Illinois congressman's trial recuses herself

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:04:43 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge who was to preside over the corruption trial of former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has recused herself.

  • The Latest: Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in New York

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:50:16 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges (all times local):

  • Company that HHS pick invested in faced criminal penalty

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:34:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A medical device company in which Rep. Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed this month to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case.

  • Alaska opens trade, pipeline office in Tokyo

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:26:18 GMT

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska has opened an office in Tokyo to help promote trade and advance a long hoped-for natural gas pipeline project.

  • China's growth edges up but 2016 weakest year since 1990

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:21:49 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth accelerated slightly in the final quarter of 2016, shored up by government spending and booming real estate sales, but its full-year performance still was the weakest in nearly three decades.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:19:02 GMT


  • Dow erases gain for 2017 as stocks fall, bond yields climb

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:13:53 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average erased its gains for 2017 on Thursday as it fell for the fifth day in a row, part of a pullback for stock indexes as Treasury yields continued their upward march.

  • Brazil judge overseeing corruption probe dies in plane crash

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:51:29 GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Supreme Court judge central to the huge corruption investigation roiling Brazil died in a plane crash Thursday, casting doubt over the future of a probe that has reached to the top of the political and economic elite, threatening the president himself.

  • Canadians plead guilty to violations at parks across US West

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:50:47 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Three Canadians will be banned from federal lands for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the Western U.S., park officials said Thursday.

  • Yellen says Fed following prudent course on rates

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:44:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While unemployment has fallen significantly and inflation is starting to tick higher, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday she does not believe that the central bank has fallen behind the curve and needs to start pushing interest rates up more quickly.

  • Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won't harm radar

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:43:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security.

  • GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:33:34 GMT

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

  • The Latest: 1st degree murder filed in slain officer case

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:24:08 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer (all times local):

  • Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman is extradited to US

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:14:13 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin who twice made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run as the country's most wanted man, was extradited to the U.S. Thursday to face drug trafficking and other charges.

  • Texas lawmaker polls mosque leaders on Sharia law support

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:06:30 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas lawmaker has sent a survey to mosques around the state asking leaders there about Sharia Law and to pledge support for the "safety" of former Muslims who have chosen to leave the faith, implying that they could face unspecified persecution for doing so.

  • Captures, extraditions of Mexico drug chiefs in recent years

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:00:13 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top Mexican drug cartel bosses captured, killed or extradited in recent years:

  • As Trump takes the oath, many voters still can't believe it

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:56:31 GMT

    On the morning 19 months ago when Donald Trump descended the escalator in his glitzy Manhattan tower, waving to onlookers who lined the rails, many Americans knew little about him beyond that he was very rich and had a thing for firing people on a reality television show.