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Iraq hopes OPEC deal will help pay for its massive war costs
BAGHDAD — The government of Iraq is hoping that a new OPEC deal will help the war-weary country generate enough revenue to help pay for its costly, 2-year-old fight against the Islamic State group. Iraq, whose oil revenues make up nearly 95 percent of its budget, has been reeling under an economi...
By Sinan Salaheddin The Associated Press FULL STORY
Buzz Aldrin, second man on moon, evacuated from South Pole
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Former American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon, has been evacuated by plane from the South Pole for medical reasons, officials said Thursday. Aldrin, 86, was visiting the South Pole as part of a private tourist group when his health deter...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
French president rules out 2017 run to help boost Socialists
PARIS — France’s President Francois Hollande announced in a surprise televised address Thursday that he would not seek a second term in next year’s presidential election, acknowledging that his personal unpopularity might cost his Socialist party the Elysee. “I have decided not to be a cand...
By Thomas Adamson and Sylvie Corbet The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump’s ‘thank you’ tour gets off to raucous start
CINCINNATI — Donald Trump returned to his campaign roots Thursday in his first major public appearance since Election Day, resembling the pugnacious, brawling campaigner more than the traditional president-to-be as he held court in front of thousands of adoring fans — and even announced a Cabin...
By Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trump’s tariffs on imports could be costly
WASHINGTON — American consumers and businesses would pay — literally — if President-elect Donald Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to slap big taxes on imports from China and Mexico. Trump said during the campaign that he’d impose tariffs of 35 percent on Mexican imports and 45...
By Paul Wiseman and Joe McDonald The Associated Press FULL STORY
Some welcome Pence to new neighborhood with gay-pride flags
WASHINGTON — Some of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s new Washington neighbors are welcoming him to the area with gay-pride flags. WJLA-TV reports that several people on Pence’s new block have hung rainbow pride flags to show their displeasure about his positions on LGBT issues. Pence is ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Wisconsin election recount begins; Michigan’s is challenged
MADISON, Wis. — The tedious task of recounting Wisconsin’s nearly 3 million votes for president began Thursday with scores of hastily hired temporary workers flipping through stacks of ballots as observers watched their every move. The action in Wisconsin could soon be duplicated in Michigan an...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
To move into White House, Trump may have to dump D.C. hotel
NEW YORK — Donald Trump may have to give up one property on Pennsylvania Avenue if he wants to move into another down the street. One is the newly opened, glittering jewel in the president-elect’s hotel empire. The other, of course, is the White House. Whether he’ll need to relinquish his st...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Death toll from Tennessee wildfires increases to 11
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Crews discovered the remains of more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 11, officials said Thursday. Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing ...
By Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘A clear shot’ — police kill suspect, rescue children
SEATTLE — A Washington state police officer responding to a domestic violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still “taking fire” as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields. ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
White House announces support for women in military draft
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barac...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
A year after attack in San Bernardino, faithful seek unity
SAN BERNARDINO — Almost a year after her father was killed in the San Bernardino terror attack last December, Kate Bowman etched the word “love” in yellow chalk on the sidewalk outside a mosque. It was one of many messages of peace the 15-year-old and her mother have left in an effort to unif...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sheriff: Suspect in credit union hostage-taking charged
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — After an armed robbery suspect put a gun to the back of one hostage’s head, SWAT team members resolved at the first chance they had Thursday to storm a north Florida credit union where nearly a dozen people were being held, authorities say. That moment came, they say, when...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
State’s new water conservation plan focuses on cities and towns
FRESNO — California officials crafting a new conservation plan for the state’s dry future drew criticism from environmentalists on Thursday for failing to require more cutbacks of farmers, who use 80 percent of the water consumed by people. Gov. Jerry Brown ordered up the state plans for impro...
By Ellen Knickmeyer and Scott Smith The Associated Press FULL STORY
UC’s 10 schools will not aid federal agencies on immigration
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California has made a bold pledge to protect its students who entered the country illegally, saying it will not assist government agencies trying to enforce federal immigration laws. In a “Statement of Principles,” UC President Janet Napolitano says the syste...
By Jocelyn Gecker The Associated Press FULL STORY
Court revives lawsuit against California bullet stamping law
SAN FRANCISCO — Gun manufacturers have the right to present evidence supporting their claim that technology does not exist to comply with a California law requiring new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings, a state appeals court said Thursday. The ...
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California seeks to block state-employee strike on Monday
SACRAMENTO — A state board that oversees labor relations asked a judge Thursday to prohibit California’s largest public-employee union from encouraging some of its members to participate in a one-day strike planned for Monday. The Public Employment Relations Board acted in response to a request...
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Malibu mountain lion gets reprieve from dead alpacas owner
MALIBU — A Malibu rancher who got a permit to shoot a mountain lion believed to have killed her 10 pet alpacas said Thursday she never planned on having the cougar killed and hopes that it is relocated instead. Victoria Vaughn-Perling made the declaration after a storm of protest erupted over the...
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For environmental dogs, sniffing out doody is their duty
FAIR HAVEN, N.J. — Some pollution-sniffing dogs at the Jersey shore have shown they’re No. 1 at sniffing out No. 2. A team of specially trained dogs has pointed out more than 70 spots in three towns near the Navesink River where human waste may be making its way into the waterway, parts of whic...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Child killed when car crashes into Los Angeles apartment
LOS ANGELES — A small boy was fatally injured early Thursday when a car crashed through the wall of a ground-floor unit of a South Los Angeles apartment building. Four others in the apartment and the car’s driver were hurt in the crash shortly after midnight, Fire Department spokesman Brian Hu...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon
WASHINGTON — Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military ma..
US employers add 178K jobs as unemployment sinks to 4.6 pct.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a solid 178,000 jobs in November, reflecting the steady economy ..
California treasurer to study legal marijuana and banking
LOS ANGELES — California Treasurer John Chiang has formed a group to study banking issues he says ..
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