Government and politics

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2009 file photo, Marc Sageman, of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Sageman, a former CIA employee who studies terror networks, says Amer Alhaggagi, a California man convicted of attempting to support the Islamic State does not have the attributes of an Islamic extremist. Sageman described Alhaggagi at a sentencing hearing on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, as an Internet troll who talked about making bombs and conducting terror attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area, but was a coward who took little action. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
December 17, 2018 - 8:41 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man convicted of attempting to support the Islamic State does not have the attributes of an Islamic extremist despite his discussions about making bombs and planning terror attacks, a former CIA employee who studies terror networks testified Monday. Marc Sageman...
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December 17, 2018 - 7:31 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block oil production from a proposed artificial gravel island in federal Arctic waters. The groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an offshore production plan approved for the Liberty project...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2017, file photo, objects confiscated from passengers' carry-on luggage, including nunchucks, bottom, are displayed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. A federal court says New York's ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee but prohibited in the state for decades, is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 17, 2018 - 7:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A 1974 New York state ban on nunchucks that was put into place over fears that youth inspired by martial arts movies would create widespread mayhem is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, a federal court has ruled. Judge Pamela Chen issued her ruling Friday in a Brooklyn...
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December 17, 2018 - 6:50 pm
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A cease-fire went into force early Tuesday in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida after intense fighting between government-allied forces and Shiite rebels erupted shortly before the U.N.-brokered truce took hold in the contested city, Yemeni officials said. They said artillery...
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December 17, 2018 - 6:40 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo traded accusations Monday at the U.N. Security Council over Kosovo's decision to transform its 4,000-strong security force into a regular army and Serbia's threat of armed intervention — but both expressed their readiness for dialogue...
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December 17, 2018 - 5:57 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former detective is suing the filmmakers who produced the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" alleging the documentary defamed him. WBAY-TV reports that former Manitowoc County Sheriff's Detective Andrew Colborn filed the lawsuit Monday against filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, a cell phone owner begins to write a text message on his cell phone in Los Angeles. California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a telecommunications service. Regulators announced Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, CPUC commissioner Carla Peterman withdrew the text proposal "in light of the FCC's action." (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
December 17, 2018 - 5:11 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have canceled a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The California Public Utilities Commission reversed course after a Federal Communications Commission ruling last week classified text messaging as an information service and not a...
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FILE- In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo trader Gregory Rowe works at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 17, 2018 - 4:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 500 points, its second straight drop of that size and its fourth big decline this month. Longtime market favorites like Microsoft and Amazon took heavy losses Monday...
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In this Nov. 16, 2018, photo, immigrants who entered the United States illegally wait to board a plane for a deportation flight to El Salvador by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston. An obscure division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates hundreds of flights each year to remove immigrants. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
December 17, 2018 - 2:03 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Shackled at their ankles and wrists and their shoelaces removed, a long line of men and women waited on the tarmac as a team of officers patted them down and checked inside their mouths for anything hidden. Then one by one, they climbed a mobile staircase and onto a charter plane the...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2009, file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban say they are holding "another" meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 with U.S. officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
December 17, 2018 - 11:56 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held another round of talks with U.S. officials on Monday, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives, part of the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war. Taliban spokesman...
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