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Does US need special counsel to probe special counsel Mueller?

On Wednesday GOP lawmakers hammered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying the Mueller probe is tainted. Democrats and other critics say this charge is a distraction and that attorneys shouldn't be reduced to red or blue.

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As interest rates rise, will borrower prudence, too?

Interest rates have stayed so low for so long, consumers and investors may have forgotten what happens when rates go up. The Federal Reserve's rate boost Wednesday and prospects for 2018 increases may change mind-sets. 

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People once at odds don’t try to even the score

Countries from Iraq to Colombia are now seeking reconciliation after war or dictatorship. One country, Rwanda, shows what can be done. 

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In the race to help Latino students, one California county pulls ahead

Since 2014, Riverside County has expanded services for students including access to counselors and help with financial aid forms. One result: the county’s graduation rate shot up to 89 percent in 2016, putting it in range of Orange County.

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What Doug Jones's win means for Democrats

The incoming Democratic senator from Alabama leaves Republicans with just a one-seat edge in the Senate. But Jones may look to work across party lines as well.

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Graceless: Women warned off politics in Zimbabwe

Dislike for Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, was a big factor in the Zimbabwean president's downfall. But her treatment at the hands of press and public has revealed deep misogyny in national politics.

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US cities dedicate resources to international negotiations on migrants and refugees

Despite President Trump pulling out of the talks, US cities concerned with the rising number of migrants are asking for a seat at the table in international negotiations regarding migrants and refugees set to start next year.

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Senator Gillibrand takes on leadership role in fight against sexual assault

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York, who called for President Trump to resign because of sexual assault allegations, is on the forefront of the fight against sexual assault in government and the armed forces.

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Firefighters see progress in battling California fires

While still largely uncontrolled, fire crews have carved fire lines around one-quarter of the Thomas fire, a good sign of progress in combatting one of California's largest fires, which has grown to cover nearly 370 square miles. 

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NYC bomber faces first court hearing days after attempted bombing

Would-be suicide bomber Akayed Ullah will make his first court appearance following an attempt to bomb Times Square subway station. President Trump has called for tighter immigration standards as Mr. Ullah first came to the United States on a visa.

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Palestinian president calls for US to leave peace negotiations

Mahmoud Abbas has insisted the US is no longer fit to serve as mediator following President Trump's US embassy move announcement. Mr. Abbas called for the UN to replace the US for the remainder of the negotiations. 

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'Modern Color' shows how Fred Herzog captured an era in living color

Herzog offers up a body of street photography created before it was a recognized genre.

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Surprise – I was judging them!

A Christian Science perspective: Catching a glimpse of the way God sees everyone is healing.

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Democrat Jones scores stunning Senate victory in red-state

Alabama elects its first Democratic Senate seat in a quarter-century. Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in a narrow victory.

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This woman’s approach to mentoring in San Jose won a prize

Knowing that mentors can make all the difference for youths, Gisela Bushey designed the organization Critical Bridge. In October, it was named a recipient of the $50,000 Encore Prize.

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TPS: What it is and how it's changing

TPS provides short-term protection from deportation for people who can't return home because of national disasters, civil unrest, or health crises. Nicaraguans and Haitians lost protection this fall; Hondurans' and Salvadorans' status is under consideration.

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Brexit: Could Britain change its mind?

In a show of what the press has dubbed 'Bregret,' more British voters now think it was the wrong choice to leave the EU than still think it was the right decision.

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An Arctic pact shows what’s possible

Dozens of countries eager to fish in the warming Arctic have wisely decided to hold off for 16 years. This caution – and cooperation – provide a precedent for further agreements on the far north.

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Investors aim to clean up corporate emissions in line with Paris agreement

Two years after the Paris Climate Agreement, investors are looking to involve corporations in the fight against climate change. Using their influence with the top 100 corporate greenhouse gas emitters, they hope to cut corporate emissions 80 percent by 2050. 

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What foiled New York subway attack says about lone-wolf bombers

As many New Yorkers express relief at the relatively minor impact of the latest terror attack on their city, experts point out that, in the US, both suicide attacks and attempts to hide homemade bombs in public places are rarely successful. 

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Final probe into the sinking of El Faro may bring safety reform for ships

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) begins the final meeting of the probe into the El Faro maritime disaster. The NTSB has drafted new safety recommendations in response to the tragedy.

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In Alabama election, a state wrestles with its identity

To many, the race is not just about a seat in the US Senate, but the image Alabamians hold of their state – and want to project to the rest of the nation.

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World leaders and investors ramp up efforts to fight global warming at climate summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, along with the United Nations and the World Bank, hosts the One Planet Summit on the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, allowing world leaders to discuss and invest in solutions to global warming.

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These 'Star Wars' fans combine dressing up with doing good

Don’t be fooled by the 501st Legion’s sinister appearance. The 'bad guys doing good' donated 182,000 volunteer hours in 2016 and raised $889,000 for charity.

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Russian Olympic Committee pledges support for athletes

While it denies state-sponsored doping, Russia's Olympic Committee announced its support for the athletes who choose to participate in the 2018 Winter Games under a neutral flag. The ROC urged them to 'achieve victory for the glory of Russia.'

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Judge rules to allow transgender people to enlist in the military

Three federal courts have ruled against President Trump's demand to bar transgender people from the military. Enlistment starts on Jan. 1, 2018.  

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#MeToo campaign turns focus back to Trump

The women who accused President Trump of sexual misconduct during the election have spoken up again following the #MeToo campaign. The women have asked Congress to launch an ethics investigation against the president and Democrats have called for his resignation. 

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'La Belle Sauvage' will be like coming home for Philip Pullman fans

For fans of the writer or the series, 'La Belle Sauvage' is essential.

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After the pledge: Scientists scramble to make politicians' climate goals a reality

As global leaders meet Tuesday in Paris for the One Planet Summit, the world is waking up to the reality that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires more than good intentions.

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‘Dunkirk’ won box office – is an Oscar next?

The film is now one of the 10 domestically highest-grossing movies of the year. As a historical drama, it stands in sharp contrast to such fellow Top 10 list occupiers as the remake of 'Beauty and the Beast' and superhero movies 'Wonder Woman' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'

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Why incoming asteroids shouldn't keep you up at night

A close shave with a previously undetected asteroid last month serves as a pointed reminder to humanity that planet Earth and other celestial bodies can sometimes cross paths. Fortunately, space agencies are on the case.

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Why GOP faces challenge selling tax cuts to younger voters

When it comes to Republican tax policy, Millennials are the least-supportive age group. Partly, it's proposal details like those on college debt. Partly, it's the values of a generation raised during the Great Recession

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Jerusalem: Exhausted and adrift, Palestinians offer muted response to Trump

When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, analysts warned it could bring a wave of violence. But the response of outraged and distrustful Palestinians has been muted, and some are ready to abandon the two-state solution for peace.

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Grass-roots view of Trump’s security strategy

In coming days, the White House will issue a strategy on dealing with foreign threats. But most Americans are already on the front lines of such work. They need thoughtful help from presidents.

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ISIS-inspired suspect behind New York explosion that injured four

A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his chest near Times Square, setting off temporary chaos in Manhattan during the Monday morning rush hour. Governor Cuomo has encouraged New Yorkers to stay alert but go about their lives.

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Prayer for Southern California

A Christian Science perspective: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

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How Pootie got his way

I didn’t want a Christmas tree, but my husband insisted that someone else truly did.

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French rock star played on American persona

For three generations of French people, rock 'n' roll star Johnny Hallyday was a window on America and a chance to dream. A million people attended his funeral cortege in Paris this weekend.

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Putin declares victory against 'terrorists' in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial pullout of Russian troops. The visit marked the first visit by a foreign head of state to Syria since its civil war began in 2011.

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Netanyahu visits EU to win support following Trump's embassy move announcement

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Brussels to ask EU leaders to join President Trump in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Many EU foreign ministers continue to criticize Mr. Trump's decision and its ramifications for the peace process. 

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