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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

By JOSH LEDERMAN In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he’s called a systematic injustice to a climactic close. With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted …

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US bombers strike Islamic State camps in Libya

By ROBERT BURNS U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers attacked a pair of Islamic State military camps in Libya, killing more than 80 fighters in an unusual mission that may have marked the final demonstration of military force of President Barack Obama’s global counterterrorism campaign. The militants targeted in the airstrikes included Islamic State members “actively …

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Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

By AMIR VAHDAT and NASSER KARIMI A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the Iranian capital’s sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency …

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Trump’s America: Switching sides in struggling Pa. county

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Towns along the Susquehanna River are filled with people whose grandparents worked in coal mines, garment factories and small manufacturing companies. But those jobs are long gone in Luzerne County, and Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, has seen its population drop by more than half. Dozens of public officials have fallen to scandal. …

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Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK’s son

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump attempted to navigate the fallout of his flap with a civil rights leader and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also losing a member of his incoming administration to accusations of plagiarism. Trump on Monday met with one of King’s sons on the …

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Reports: Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 captured

By AYSE WIETING AND SUZAN FRASER A gunman suspected of killing 39 people during a New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday. The suspect was captured in a special operations police raid on a house in Istanbul’s Esenyurt district, private NTV television …

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House Dems press FBI on Russia, possible link to Trump camp

By ERICA WERNER House Democrats still seething over FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the election-year inquiry of Hillary Clinton confronted the law enforcement officer over his refusal to say whether the FBI is investigating possible links between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia. The contentious, closed-door session Friday reflected the frustration of Democrats who …

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Congress presses ahead on dismantling health care law

By ANDREW TAYLOR Congress is poised to complete its initial step toward dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, as Republicans divided over how to replace it face pressure from Donald Trump for quick action. “We have a responsibility to step in and provide relief from this failing law,” Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters …

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