Government and politics

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks after an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetland was signed, at EPA headquarters in Washington. Trump says on Saturday, Dec. 15, Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 15, 2018 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (ZIN'-kee) says in his resignation letter to President Donald Trump that "vicious and politically motivated attacks" on him and his family have "created an...
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A man makes his way through tear gas as demonstrators protest on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in Paris. Paris police say 85 people have been detained in Paris on the fifth straight weekend of protests by the "yellow vests" movement, where thousands of people converged in the French capital. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
December 15, 2018 - 11:33 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France protests (all times local): 6:25 p.m. French police have pushed protesters off the Champs-Elysees in Paris with tear gas and water cannon, and re-opened the French capital's famed avenue to traffic. Police were telling protesters to remove their yellow vests,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016 file photo, a fire attack helicopter makes a retardant drop during a firing operation on the ridge between Mount Manuel and the Coast Ridge Road while fighting the Soberanes Fire near the village of Big Sur, Calif. The so-called Soberanes Fire burned its way into the record books as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls "an extreme example of excessive, unaccountable, budget-busting suppression spending that is causing a fiscal crisis in the U.S. Forest Service." (David Royal/The Monterey County Herald via AP, File)
December 15, 2018 - 11:08 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new report criticizes decisions made to stop a 2016 fire in California's Big Sur area that became the costliest wildfire fight in U.S. history. The report released this month by a firefighting group says the U.S. Forest Service spent tens of millions of dollars to fight a fire...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, center left, and Metropolitan Emmanuel, center right, talk to each other as they attend a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Poroshenko has told the crowd "the creation of our Church is another declaration of Ukraine's independence and you are the main participants of this historic event." (Mykhailo Markiv, Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 11:08 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church, officials said. The leader of the new autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be Metropolitan Epiphanius, a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke speaks after an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetland was signed, at EPA headquarters in Washington. Trump says on Saturday, Dec. 15, Zinke leaving administration at end of year, successor to be announced next week.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 15, 2018 - 10:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. Trump, in tweeting Zinke's departure, said the former...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures while speaking at a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. Poroshenko has told the crowd "the creation of our Church is another declaration of Ukraine's independence and you are the main participants of this historic event." (Mykhailo Markiv, Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 10:29 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church. The leader...
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File- This May 11, 2017, file photo shows an Obamacare sign being displayed on the storefront of an insurance agency in Hialeah, Fla. A conservative federal judge in Texas on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, ruled the Affordable Care Act “invalid” on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now. In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled Friday that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
December 15, 2018 - 10:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a federal judge ruled that the Obama-era health overhaul was "invalid," President Donald Trump is looking to congressional leaders to come up with a replacement even as the White House says the current law will remain in place for now. "Get it done!" the president instructed...
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Riot police officers fire tear gas during scuffles on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 in Paris. Paris police say 85 people have been detained in Paris on the fifth straight weekend of protests by the "yellow vests" movement, where thousands of people converged in the French capital. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
December 15, 2018 - 10:00 am
PARIS (AP) — Tear gas billowed Saturday across the French capital's protest-scarred Champs-Elysees after a day of largely peaceful demonstrations and water cannons shot into the crowds on the fifth straight weekend of protests by the country's "yellow vest" movement. The demonstrations against...
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December 15, 2018 - 8:45 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator plans an online town hall Sunday as he considers running for president in 2020. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland is coming off a decisive re-election victory in November that helped bring him national attention as a potential national candidate. Brown says...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a high-tech forum for youth in Yaroslavl, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Putin said that Russia has a big potential for the development of high-tech industries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 8:30 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, popular music. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But Putin said at a St...
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