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Trump is not a despot

It hasn't been easy recently to make an attack against President Donald Trump that is over-the-top enough to stand out from the run-of-the-mill hysteria, but outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake managed it. In a Senate speech hitting Trump for his broadsides against the press, Flake excoriated ...

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The climate bill grows ever higher Hurricanes and tornadoes, fires and floods, hailstorms and drought. The natural disasters keep adding up. So does the expense. This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the United States had 16 billion-dollar weather ...

International

Island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts with ash, steam SYDNEY (AP) — An island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted again Sunday, sending plumes of steam and ash into the air. Thousands of people have been evacuated from islands surrounding Kadovar Island off the South Pacific nation's ...

National

3 men shot in midtown Manhattan near Macy's, no arrests made NEW YORK (AP) — Three men have been shot and wounded in midtown Manhattan in an area that is traditionally buzzing with tourists near the Empire State Building and Macy's. The shooting happened Sunday afternoon on West 31st ...

Minnesota

Police fatally shoot knife-wielding man in Fairmont FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — Police in Fairmont have shot and killed a man who authorities say confronted the officers with two knives. Fairmont Police Chief Michael Hunter says two officers were sent about 2:20 a.m. Saturday on a report of ...

People in the News

Singer Ed Sheeran announces engagement on Instagram The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram page Saturday morning saying the two got engaged right before the new year. He said they are "very happy and in love" and that their "cats are chuffed as ...

Weekend of women’s marches promises continued momentum

By HAVEN DALEY and JOHN LOCHER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that promised to continue building momentum for ...

Study: Farmers don’t have enough access to mental health

LAKE BENTON, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota study says farmers in the state may not be getting all the help they need to deal with the stress and mental strain of their jobs. Marizen Ramirez, who co-authored the study and is an epidemiologist at the university, told Minnesota Public ...

California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A coastal California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said. Traffic began moving again on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County shortly after noon, ...

Q&A: Samsung’s Alex Hawkinson on smart-home evolution

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Many everyday appliances are connecting to the internet these days, allowing people to control them with apps and voice commands. More homes are embracing this, especially as people get comfortable using smart speakers such as the ...

Iran may try to loosen Revolutionary Guard’s grip on economy

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader has ordered the Revolutionary Guard to loosen its hold on the economy, the country's defense minister says, raising the possibility that the paramilitary organization might privatize some of its vast ...

Routed!

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hey Philly, maybe it's time to forget Carson Wentz. Nick Foles might be good enough to win the Eagles their first Super Bowl. Foles was on fire Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL. Philly made big play ...

Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl

Top Jaguars 24-20 By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Give 'em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl. Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying ...

Shutdown continues into workweek as talks drag

By KEVIN FREKING, ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

Sequel to Trump’s first year opens with crises

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The sequel to President Donald Trump's first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease. After 365 days in the Oval Office, Trump ...

Afghan forces end deadly Taliban siege at Kabul hotel

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some of the 150 guests fled the ...

Jordan urges Pence to ‘rebuild trust’ after Jerusalem pivot

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king appealed Sunday to Vice President Mike Pence to "rebuild trust and confidence" in the possibility of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, following fallout from the Trump administration's decision to ...

Turkish troops enter Kurdish enclave in Syria

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press HASSA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to oust from the area a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia, which responded with a hail of rockets on ...

Will America remain a beacon of freedom and opportunity?

WASHINGTON — With Congress in disarray under an erratic and chaotic president who deeply divides the country, and with its two major parties at loggerheads over immigration law, American politics may have hit a new low of pessimism, bitterness and despair. Should upwards of a million ...

Who’s worthy of immigrating here?

In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” ...

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