UN chief condemns NKorea test; UK says council will, too

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch and Britain's U.N. ambassador said ahead of an urgent meeting of the Security Council on Monday that its member nations had agreed to condemn the test.

 

US jury in Bundy standoff trial gets FBI aerial scene-setter

LAS VEGAS — Jurors got a unique perspective from the FBI Monday of an armed standoff developing in a dry river wash where six defendants are accused of wielding weapons to force federal agents to abandon a round-up of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014.

 

Trudeau visits Trump in crucial meeting for Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump will participate in a roundtable discussion about women in the work force Monday, an early sign of cooperation as Trudeau seeks to have good relations so Canada is not targeted in trade talks.

 

Evacuees might not go home until dam spillway is repaired

OROVILLE, Calif. — Nearly 200,000 people who were ordered to leave their homes out of fear that a spillway could collapse may not be able to return until the barrier at the nation's tallest dam is repaired, a sheriff said Monday.

 

Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Army told Congress on Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the disputed four-state project.

 

Pence breaks tie as Senate confirms DeVos for Education post

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie in a historic vote.

 

Scholars: 'Liberal' reputation of 9th Circuit overblown

SEATTLE — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing the appeal concerning President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, is the federal appeals court conservatives have long ridiculed as the “nutty 9th” or the “9th Circus.”

 

Doctor removes 130-pound tumor from Mississippi man

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.

 

Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's 'slaughterhouse'

BEIRUT — The Syrian prison was known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse.” Behind its closed doors, the military police hanged as many of 13,000 people over the course of four years before carting out their bodies by the truckload for burial in mass graves, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International.

 

Fighting fake news isn't just up to Facebook and Google

NEW YORK — The fight against fake news is not just being waged by Google, Facebook and big media companies.

 

'People power' in Romania halts corruption decree

BUCHAREST, Romania — A spontaneous display of “people power” in the capital Bucharest and cities throughout Romania has for the moment slowed a government push to decriminalize some forms of corruption committed by public officials. The confrontation has seen the largest protests since the 1989 revolution that ended the regime of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Here is a look at the situation and the issues:

 

Trump's church politics idea has wide reach, beyond GOP base

ATLANTA — Republican President Donald Trump's pledge to scrap limits on church political activity could have sweeping effects that extend beyond his conservative supporters to more liberal congregations, including the black evangelical church that has long been a key component of the Democratic Party's electoral machinery.

 

Israeli allies condemn settlement law as lawsuits loom

JERUSALEM — A new Israeli law legalizing dozens of unlawfully built West Bank settlement outposts came under heavy criticism on Tuesday from some of Israel's closest allies, as local rights groups prepared to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the measure.

 

Alaska rejects marijuana consumption at retail pot stores

JUNEAU, Alaska — Marijuana regulators in Alaska narrowly rejected a proposal Thursday that would have made the state the first in the nation to allow marijuana consumers to use the pot they buy at the retail stores selling it.

 

UK Brexit plan seeks close EU ties, but details still short

LONDON — Britain is leaving the European Union's single market but wants a “frictionless” new trade relationship with the bloc, the government said Thursday in the most detailed account yet of its EU exit plans.

 

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