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Russian plane crash probe rules out explosion

Posted 12/29/2016 in National

Flight recorders revealed no evidence of an explosion on board a Russian plane that crashed, killing all 92 on board, but investigators haven't ruled out a deliberate mechanical impact to down the plane, a military official said today.



Growing number of Americans are retiring outside the US

Posted 12/28/2016 in National

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico.



Trump expands inner circle with new security official, envoy

Posted 12/28/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump tapped an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era and a longtime Trump Organization official to become members of his inner circle when he assumes office next month.



For Trump White House, diplomatic security challenges remain

Posted 12/28/2016 in National

Donald Trump hammered rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign for failing to prevent the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state.



Thousands of faithful celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

Thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world together with local Christians gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus, with spirits lifted by a slowdown in recent violence and cool, clear weather.



World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees.



Republicans to target unions, expand school choice in states

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

Republicans are poised to use their newly attained capitol dominance to make Missouri the 27th right-to-work state prohibiting mandatory union fees.



Putin praises Trump's judgment, rejects hacking claims

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced hope Friday that frayed relations with the U.S. will improve once Donald Trump becomes president despite his pledge to strengthen the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal.



US warns of possible attacks on churches, holiday gatherings

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

Federal authorities warned law enforcement authorities across the nation Friday that Islamic State sympathizers are continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites.



Vote on Israel could spur further action -- or trouble for UN

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

The U.S. green light that allowed the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem could spur moves toward new terms to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict



Toy sellers and makers offer more options for autistic children

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

Toy stores, with bright lights, loud sounds and crowded aisles, can be hard to manage for children with autism or other sensory issues.



Germans must leave home Christmas morning as WWII bomb is defused

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

More than 54,000 people in the southern German city of Augsburg must leave their homes Christmas morning while authorities defuse a giant 1.8-ton aerial bomb from World War II.



Berlin truck attack suspect killed in Milan police shootout

Posted 12/23/2016 in National

The Tunisian man suspected of driving a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was killed early today in a shootout with police in Milan, ending a Europe-wide manhunt, Italy's interior minister said.



Trump: US must 'greatly strengthen' nuclear capability

Posted 12/23/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons.



Senate Dems press Trump's wealthy picks for financial data

Posted 12/23/2016 in National

Top Senate Democrats are trying to put the brakes on President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, insisting on extensive financial information on some of the wealthiest Americans before moving forward on nominations.



Australia police: Christmas Day bomb plot foiled, 5 detained

Posted 12/23/2016 in National

Police in Australia have detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day attacks using explosives, knives and a gun in the heart of the country's second-largest city, officials said today.



White nationalists raise millions with tax-exempt charities

Posted 12/22/2016 in National

The federal government has allowed four groups at the forefront of the white nationalist movement to register as charities and raise more than $7.8 million in tax-deductible donations over the past decade, according to an Associated Press review.



Trump denounces market attack, vows tough immigration plan

Posted 12/22/2016 in National

Denouncing the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Germany, President-elect Donald Trump renewed his vow to stop radical terror groups and appeared to suggest a willingness to move ahead with his campaign pledge to ban temporarily Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.



Deep divide stops effort to repeal N.C. LGBT law

Posted 12/22/2016 in National

A supposedly bipartisan deal to repeal North Carolina's anti-LGBT law collapsed when both sides balked and started blaming each other, likely meaning the state will remain a pariah shunned by corporations, entertainers and high-profile sporting events.



Trump hosts candidates for key Veterans Affairs post

Posted 12/21/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump met Tuesday met with candidates for his unfilled Cabinet positions, including prospective hires to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, a beleaguered agency that the Republican businessman has vowed to overhaul.



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