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Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after. How many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question. Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will be present Friday for the inauguration, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads, taxing the city's Metro transit...
PBS: No 'red flag' on funding under Trump, but it's early

PBS: No 'red flag' on funding under Trump, but it's early

PBS is waiting, but not quietly, to see what the Trump administration's impact on public broadcasting and its federal funding may be, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said. "It's too early to tell. But there's been no red flag," Kerger said in an interview Sunday. Given that change always presents uncertainty, she said, and "in this case, more uncertainty," PBS and its member stations...
A look at some of the groups who plan to protest Trump

A look at some of the groups who plan to protest Trump

ANSWER COALITION The anti-war group the ANSWER Coalition is planning Inauguration Day demonstrations at two locations along the inaugural parade route down Pennsylvania Avenue. The plan to demonstrate at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Freedom Plaza, a large plaza about six blocks from the White House. DISRUPTJ20 A collection of groups calling their coalition DisruptJ20 after the date of the inauguration...
5 things to know about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

5 things to know about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is taking down the Big Top for good. Circus officials announced that the final show is scheduled for May, amid high operating costs and falling ticket sales since the retirement of the elephant act late last year. Here are five things to know about the long-running “Greatest Show on Earth.” 1  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has...
The Latest: 7 bodies of migrants found near Spain, off coast

The Latest: 7 bodies of migrants found near Spain, off coast

The Latest on Europe's migrants crisis (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Spain's maritime rescue service says the bodies of seven African migrants have been found dead along the Strait of Gibraltar since Friday. The latest casualty was a woman who was found dead late Saturday aboard a drifting boat along the coast of Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta. Seven survivors were handed over to Spanish authorities...
Crisis warnings sound as EU gears up for new migrant wave

Crisis warnings sound as EU gears up for new migrant wave

Tens of thousands of people seeking better lives are expected to trek across deserts and board unseaworthy boats in war-torn Libya this year in a desperate effort to reach European shores by way of Italy. More than 181,000 people, most so-called "economic migrants" with little chance of being allowed to stay in Europe, attempted to cross the central Mediterranean last year from Libya, Africa's...

Turkey detains 9 colonels in north Cyprus for Gulen ties

Turkey's state-run news agency says nine Turkish colonels have been detained in northern Cyprus as part of the investigation into the movement allegedly responsible for a failed coup in July. The Anadolu Agency said the officers were detained Sunday as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement's organization in the Turkish Cyprus Peace Forces and Security Forces Command, part of the Turkish...
Syrian opposition: Shelling of displaced shelter kills 12

Syrian opposition: Shelling of displaced shelter kills 12

Syrian government forces shelled a village in a rebel-controlled area near Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 12 civilians and injuring several others who were taking shelter in a banquet hall. The violence in the water-rich Barada Valley, which has raged since Dec. 22, has tested the country's fragile cease-fire and restricted the flow of water to the capital. Despite an agreement to allow maintenance...
Quaker group marks centennial with 'Waging Peace' exhibit

Quaker group marks centennial with 'Waging Peace' exhibit

The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating 100 years of nonviolent activism with an exhibition, "Waging Peace," that showcases the group's accomplishments while also illustrating work that remains to be done. General Secretary Shan Cretin hopes both aspects of the exhibit inspire visitors. "We don't want to just be looking backward, (but) a lot of the issues that are so urgent...
Death toll at 26 inmates from latest Brazil prison violence

Death toll at 26 inmates from latest Brazil prison violence

Twenty-six inmates were killed in eruptions of violence inside two prisons in northern Brazil, officials said Sunday as they quelled the latest in a string of jail disturbances across the country in which more than 100 people died within two weeks. The state security office for Rio Grande do Norte state had reported earlier in the day that there were 27 deaths, but later lowered that by one. It also...
Myanmar Muslims hope UN envoy's visit will bring change

Myanmar Muslims hope UN envoy's visit will bring change

Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims, including murder, rape and the burning of thousands of homes. U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Yanghee Lee concluded a three-day visit Sunday to probe the situation...
Pope demands protection for migrants as sea search continues

Pope demands protection for migrants as sea search continues

Pope Francis demanded Sunday that "every possible measure" be taken to protect young refugees, as search and rescue efforts continued off Libya's coast following the latest deadly Mediterranean migrant shipwreck. Italy's coast guard said only four people survived the sinking of a migrant ship carrying around 100 people that went down 30 miles (50 kilometers) off the Libyan coast on Saturday...

Police enter latest Brazil prison to see inmates massacred

Police in Brazil have entered two prisons in the country's northern state of Rio Grande do Norte where a riot left at least 10 inmates dead on Saturday, authorities said Sunday. A statement released by the office in charge of state penitentiaries said the rebellion started Saturday afternoon in the Alcacuz and Rogerio Coutinho detention facilities, located next to each other outside the city of Natal...
Retired Georgia teacher climbed Stone Mountain 300 times in 2016

Retired Georgia teacher climbed Stone Mountain 300 times in 2016

To some, she's mom. For others, she's a wife, teacher, friend, grandmother and coach. But something everyone can call the 66-year-old Georgia native is: Inspiring. Retired DeKalb County schoolteacher and coach Margie Bowen had dozens cheering her on as she climbed Stone Mountain for her 300th time -- in 2016 alone. On Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m., Bowen set out to climb the iconic 825-foot Georgia mountain...

IOM: Only 4 survivors from migrant shipwreck off Libya

A migrant ship carrying around 100 people capsized in the frigid waters off Libya on Saturday and only four survivors had been rescued after hours of searching, aid groups said. Eight bodies were recovered but poor conditions were hampering the search taking place 30 miles (50 kilometers) off Libya's coast, Italy's ANSA news agency reported. Flavio di Giacomo, Rome spokesman for the International...
Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Cuba sees explosion in internet access as ties with US grow

Two days before Christmas, Luis Gonzalez received a little Chinese modem from Cuba's state-owned telecommunications company. The 55-year-old theater producer connected the device to his phone and his laptop computer, which instantly lit up with a service unimaginable in the Cuba of just a few years ago — relatively fast home internet. "It's really easy to sit and find whatever you need...

Zhou Youguang, father of Chinese Romanization, dies at 111

Zhou Youguang, a linguist considered the father of modern China's Pinyin Romanization system, died Saturday at the age of 111. Born in 1906 during China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing, Zhou died at his home in Beijing, one day after celebrating his birthday, according to state broadcaster Chinese Central Television and other official media outlets. After receiving a Western-style education at Shanghai's...
IS launches new assault on besieged eastern city in Syria

IS launches new assault on besieged eastern city in Syria

Islamic State militants launched their biggest assault in a year on government-held areas of the contested city of Deir el-Zour Saturday, attacking from several fronts and triggering intense fighting in the eastern region bordering Iraq, the Syrian government and opposition activists said. Syrian state TV said three people were killed and nine were wounded in IS rocket attacks on several neighborhoods...
'Momma' charged with stealing teenage daughter at birth

'Momma' charged with stealing teenage daughter at birth

Neighbors knew them for years as a church-going mother and her polite teenage daughter before police swarmed Gloria Williams' home in this small, quiet South Carolina city. Williams, 51, was arrested on kidnapping charges. Then came the real shocker: Police identified the victim as the 18-year-old woman Williams had raised as her daughter. Investigators said DNA analysis proved she had been stolen...
Body art on Florida prison inmates runs from freaky to kinky

Body art on Florida prison inmates runs from freaky to kinky

Carl Vines, serving 10 years at the Avon Park Correctional Institution in Central Florida, tattooed the inside of his lip with the word "dope." Tavares Young, who has been in and out of prison since 1992, replaced his eyebrows with permanently manicured ink. Richard Ward, who has racked up 18 theft-related convictions since 1987, covered his male appendage in candy cane stripes. In an era...
China aircraft carrier capabilities tested on latest mission

China aircraft carrier capabilities tested on latest mission

China's sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soared over what future role the flat-top will play amid China's growing military ambitions. The Defense Ministry said the 60,000-ton Liaoning sailed in to the eastern port of Qingdao on Friday along with its battle group...
Woman stolen at birth learns true identity; 'Momma' charged

Woman stolen at birth learns true identity; 'Momma' charged

Stolen from a hospital just hours after she was born, an 18-year-old woman finally learned her true identity and was reunited Friday with her birth family, by video chat. The woman she thought was her mother was charged with her kidnapping. Thanks to DNA analysis, the 18-year-old now knows her birth name: Kamiyah Mobley. She's in good health but understandably overwhelmed, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike...
US policy change on Cuban migrants leaves many stranded

US policy change on Cuban migrants leaves many stranded

It took three months for Gabriel Marin and his wife, Yansiel, to make it from their home in eastern Cuba to this migrant shelter in Panama's capital. The goal was the United States and now the door that spurred their odyssey has slammed shut. Hundreds of people like Marin were stranded in transit in South and Central America on Thursday when President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot...
Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

Driverless electric shuttle being tested in downtown Vegas

There's a new thrill on the streets of downtown Las Vegas, where high- and low-rollers alike are climbing aboard what officials call the first driverless electric shuttle operating on a public U.S. street. The oval-shaped shuttle began running Tuesday as part of a 10-day pilot program, carrying up to 12 passengers for free along a short stretch of the Fremont Street East entertainment district. The...
Freezing rain causes accidents, closures in southern Plains

Freezing rain causes accidents, closures in southern Plains

A thick glaze of ice covered roads from Oklahoma to southern Illinois on Friday amid a winter storm that caused numerous wrecks, forced school cancellations, grounded flights and prompted dire warnings for people to stay home. Winter storms are typically associated with heavy snowfall, but the one hammering the southern Plains and Midwest dumped freezing rain, a condition even harder for road crews...

For the first time in history, a woman of color will appear on the $100 Lady Liberty coin.  The front of the coin shows a black woman wearing a crown of stars, and the reverse side depicts an eagle in flight. Treasury & Mint officials unveiled the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin! https://t.co/HkfcPN5Enq #USMint225 @USTreasury pic.twitter.com/0ShGHPn5oF— United States Mint...
Latest: Missouri leaders praise response, warn more to come

Latest: Missouri leaders praise response, warn more to come

The Latest on an ice storm moving into the nation's midsection (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens thanked the state's residents for heeding warnings to stay off roads during an ice storm but warned that the danger will last in parts of the state through Sunday. In a news conference late Friday afternoon, leaders of several state departments said efforts to react to ice that started...
Liberty is depicted as black woman on $100 gold coin

Liberty is depicted as black woman on $100 gold coin

The U.S. Mint has unveiled a commemorative $100 gold coin that features an image of Liberty as a black woman. The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin shows the woman's head in profile with a crown of stars. It features the year of the mint's founding, 1792, as well as the year 2017. The mint says the other side of the coin will depict an eagle in flight. The coin will be released April...
Maintenance stems clashes over Syrian capital water source

Maintenance stems clashes over Syrian capital water source

Maintenance workers arrived in Syria's rebel-held valley near Damascus Friday to fix the water facility there, signaling an end to the violent standoff that has dried out the capital for weeks and threatened a fragile cease-fire, activists and the government said. For days, negotiations stalled, failing to restore the water flow to the capital restricted since Dec. 22 and to end a government offensive...
Barricades won't solve new challenges at the Southwest border

Barricades won't solve new challenges at the Southwest border

The surge of people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean who have been trekking in ever-greater numbers across the Americas in hopes of reaching the United States presents the new U.S. administration with a conundrum. Most of them arrive without identification or travel documents, and U.S. security officials worry that global terrorist networks could use the illicit flows as cover to smuggle operatives...
Trump raises millions to cover inauguration's steep costs

Trump raises millions to cover inauguration's steep costs

The inauguration of a new president requires the recitation of a 35-word oath. That's it. Dress it up with some hoopla and glitz, though, and pretty soon you're talking real money. Donald Trump will have it to spend. Trump's Presidential Inaugural Committee has raised a record $90 million-plus in private donations, far more than President Barack Obama's two inaugural committees. They collected $55...

Trump's Indonesian business partner to attend inauguration

The Indonesian business partner of President-elect Donald Trump will be attending next week's inauguration and also plans business meetings with Trump family members, his spokesman said Friday. Trump's ties to Hary Tanoesoedibjo are among the many conflicts of interest he could face as the 45th U.S. president. The property billionaire's presidency is shaping up to have unprecedented potential to muddy...
Ordinary Cubans fret about end to US immigration policy

Ordinary Cubans fret about end to US immigration policy

Ordinary Cubans worried Friday about the economic problems that could be caused for some people by the sudden end to a once-easy pathway to life in the United States, saying many people who already left the island to take advantage of the earlier American immigration policy could wind up back home with nothing. President Barack Obama on Thursday ended the possibility of automatic legal residency for...
Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

More than 40 percent of California is out of drought, federal drought-watchers said Thursday at the tail end of powerful storms that sent thousands of people fleeing from flooding rivers in the north, unleashed burbling waterfalls in southern deserts, and doubled the vital snowpack in the Sierra Nevada in little more than a week. Declaring California as a whole to be past its official three-year drought...
West Virginia faces questions about its own rich politician

West Virginia faces questions about its own rich politician

Some of the conflict-of-interest issues swirling around President-elect Donald Trump in Washington are playing out on a smaller scale in West Virginia, where the richest man in the state — an Appalachian coal baron with real estate, resort and farm holdings, too — is about to be sworn in as governor. Democratic Gov.-elect Jim Justice, like Trump, has refused to shed his holdings, giving...
Big business of footwear on display at outdoor retail expo

Big business of footwear on display at outdoor retail expo

Footwear's position as the second largest segment in lucrative outdoor retail industry is on full display at a trade expo in Salt Lake City this week with a wide array of colors, prints and designs of sandals, shoes and boots that companies promote as being lighter and more versatile. The basic designs of different types of footwear have stayed largely the same for years, so companies try to pique...
In eastern Mosul, small signs of progress amid the fighting

In eastern Mosul, small signs of progress amid the fighting

Small stalls and carts have sprung up outside the bombed-out buildings in eastern Mosul, selling meat and vegetables, cigarettes and cellphones to the thousands of civilians still living in neighborhoods where the Iraqi military has driven out the Islamic State group. As the grinding military operation enters its fourth month, about a third of the northern city is under government control. While more...
The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects

The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects

It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger heart attacks. Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday. The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting...
Suspected airport gunman's life unraveled over past year

Suspected airport gunman's life unraveled over past year

Esteban Santiago stood alone in the cold one day last month outside Mom & Pop's liquor store in Anchorage. He was waving his arms and having a terrible argument in the parking lot. "He'd just be talking to himself ... screaming as if he was having a battle with himself," said Naomi Harden, a clerk at the store, situated across the street from the motel where Santiago lived. Last week, Santiago...
Trump's HHS pick will sell off stock to avoid conflicts

Trump's HHS pick will sell off stock to avoid conflicts

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the nation's top health official will sell off stock holdings to avoid potential conflicts of interest, according to government documents released Thursday. Rep. Tom Price's ethics agreement and financial disclosure were posted online by the Office of Government Ethics. The Georgia Republican has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human...

Rights group criticizes Turkey over post-coup clampdown

Turkish government has used last year's failed military coup to launch an expansive crackdown that has swept up peaceful critics and undermined democracy, a human rights group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch's report said the July 15 botched coup was no excuse for the scale of the government's moves against critics and opponents that followed. HRW's Europe and Central Asia director, Hugh Williamson...
Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

Plan offers 4 options for restoring grizzlies to Washington

Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. Federal officials want to restore the population and on Thursday released a draft plan with four options, ranging from taking no action to varying efforts to capture bears from other locations and transplant them to 9,800 square miles of mostly public land in and around...
Obamacare: What did the Senate do last night?

Obamacare: What did the Senate do last night?

Early Thursday morning, the Senate passed a measure that is the first step in repealing the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." The nonbinding budget measure, which passed 51-48, will make it easier for future legislation to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The 2010 law set up exchanges to sell health care polices to millions of Americans who could not get...
7 things to know now: Trump news conference; Obamacare; how old is the moon

7 things to know now: Trump news conference; Obamacare; how old is the moon

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now: 1. Civilians killed: The U.S. military said Thursday that 33 civilians were killed by U.S. forces during a firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan last November. According to a statement from the military, the investigation "determined, regretfully, that 33 civilians were killed and 27 wounded" as troops...

Ousted Knights of Malta official takes case to order's court

The standoff between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta has taken a new twist, with the ousted foreign minister of the ancient aristocratic lay Catholic order appealing his suspension to the Knights' internal tribunal. Albrecht von Boeselager was removed Dec. 8 after he refused a demand by the top knight to resign over revelations that the order's charity branch distributed tens of thousands of...
Police: Suspect in officer's killing was wearing body armor

Police: Suspect in officer's killing was wearing body armor

A fugitive who is the focus of a four-day manhunt was wearing a bulletproof vest when he fatally shot an Orlando police sergeant earlier this week, Orlando's police chief said Thursday. Investigators found clothing belonging to 41-year-old Markeith Loyd that suggests Master Sgt. Debra Clayton returned fire after she was shot, but that a bulletproof vest protected the suspect, Orlando Police Chief...

Energy choice Perry steps away from Dakota Access pipeline

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has stepped down from the boards of two energy companies that are developing the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project. Perry, who is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for energy secretary, said in a letter to ethics officials that he resigned Dec. 31 from Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP. The two companies are developing...
Trump's Treasury pick boosted an investment with TV talk

Trump's Treasury pick boosted an investment with TV talk

President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will sell 43 assets to avoid conflicts of interest in office, according to new filings made public Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Statements Mnuchin made in a November television interview may already have boosted the value of one of them. Mnuchin, an investment banker and financier with a disclosed...