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Trump sends New Year wishes to all, even his ‘many enemies’ Trump sends New Year wishes to all, even his ‘many enemies’
PALM BEACH, Florida — President-elect Donald Trump has an unusual New Year’s message for his Twitter followers. He is wishing a “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly.” Trump adds, “they just don’t know what to do,” ending his message with the word, “Love!” The president-elect will be spending his New Year’s Eve at his private M...
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U.S. abstained on U.N. vote to save two-state solution in Mideast U.S. abstained on U.N. vote to save two-state solution in Mideast
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday defended a controversial U.S. decision to abstain on a United Nations vote that condemned Israeli settlements on land claimed by Palestinians, saying it was intended to preserve a two-state solution for peace in the region. "That is what we are trying to preserve for our sake and (Israel's)," Kerry said. "We reject the criticism that this vote abandons...
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Trump appoints top counter-terrorism adviser, special negotiator Trump appoints top counter-terrorism adviser, special negotiator
Starting the post-Christmas phase of his transition, President-elect Donald Trump made appointments Tuesday devoted to national security — particularly cyber defense — and to international trade and diplomacy. Former George W. Bush administration official Thomas Bossert will be the White House homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, while Trump Organization official Jason D. Greenblatt...
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British singer George Michael has died British singer George Michael has died
George Michael, the British singer, musician and founding member of Wham!, died over the Christmas holiday, his publicist confirms to USA TODAY. He was 53. "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," read a statement sent to USA TODAY by Michael's London-based publicist, Connie Filippello. "...
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Trump v. the 'swamp:' Odds favor swamp Trump v. the 'swamp:' Odds favor swamp
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump frequently pledged during the campaign that he would slash the size of the federal government and rein in spending, once proclaiming “we will cut so much, your head will spin.” But the bombastic business titan is about to come face-to-face with Washington, that “swamp” he wants to drain. And both nonpartisan specialists and others who have tried before ...
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Trump open to arms race and better relations with Russia and Putin Trump open to arms race and better relations with Russia and Putin
Amid back-and-forth about nuclear weapons capability, President-elect Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin exchanged end-of-the-year greetings revealed on Friday and pledged to improve U.S.-Russia relations. "A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct," Trump said in a mid-day statement. Trump's office released the letter, dated Dec. 15, in which Putin said...
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Air Force chief: Personnel shortfall is critical Air Force chief: Personnel shortfall is critical
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The Air Force’s top officer said the service is critically short of personnel and needs to expand by more than 30,000 active-duty service members to meet its security obligations, including an air war against Islamic State militants. “We just got too small too fast and we’ve got to grow,” Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, told USA TODAY in an ...
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Obama withdraws parts of Atlantic, Arctic from oil exploration Obama withdraws parts of Atlantic, Arctic from oil exploration
WASHINGTON — President Obama declared wide swaths of the Arctic Ocean and 31 Atlantic canyons off limits to oil and gas drilling on Tuesday, part of an 11th-hour conservation action to protect underwater habitats. Obama's decision comes as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced similar measures Tuesday, as the two leaders called for an Arctic economy "free from the future risks of off...
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Russian ambassador to Turkey fatally shot in Ankara Russian ambassador to Turkey fatally shot in Ankara
The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot and killed Monday at an art exhibition in Ankara by a gunman who shouted Islamic slogans, witnesses said. Andrei Karlov was shot multiple times while making a speech at the opening of the exhibition “Russia through the eyes of Turks.” Turkish broadcaster NTV said three other people were wounded in the attack. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mar...
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Army demotes 'swinging general' after investigation into affairs, lifestyle Army demotes 'swinging general' after investigation into affairs, lifestyle
WASHINGTON — The Army has stripped Maj. Gen. David Haight of three ranks, Army Secretary Eric Fanning said Friday, following revelations contained in documents and interviews of Haight's decade-long extramarital affair and “swinger lifestyle. A board of his peers called for Haight to be busted to lieutenant colonel, a demotion that will cost him nearly $43,000 per year in pension pay. Fanning, ...
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